Raleigh, N.C. — Witnesses recounted Thursday how a man was shot and killed as he left a party in a northeast Raleigh neighborhood 18 months ago.
Chad Cameron Copley, 40, is charged with murder in the Aug. 7, 2016, death of 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas. Thursday was the first day of testimony in the trial after three days of jury selection.
David Walker, a friend of Thomas’, said they went to the house party on Singleleaf Lane with another friend, Chris Malone, but found it boring because there weren’t enough women there.
“There was too much meat and not enough tacos,” Walker said, recalling how he and Thomas milled around in the front yard with some other people.
When the pair saw flashing police lights down the street, Thomas started running back to their car parked down the street because he had some marijuana in his pocket and didn’t want to get caught, Walker said.
Walker then realized the police car had made a traffic stop nearby and wasn’t coming to the party,