CROWN POINT | A Gary man is on trial for murder in a fatal shooting last year in a pizza shop.
Daryl Henderson, 27, faces a total of 26 counts, including murder, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun and multiple driving violations stemming from a high-speed police chase that began at the scene of the shooting.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Monica Rogina told jurors Henderson and the victim, 29-year-old Lawrence McIntosh, didn't know each other before an encounter Aug. 2, 2012, at Rico's Pizza in Gary.
She said jurors will view video surveillance tapes and hear testimony that after an exchange in the pizza shop, Henderson followed McIntosh into a nearby liquor store while continuing to try to engage McIntosh.
Witnesses will testify to hearing McIntosh say he wished Henderson would leave him alone before the encounter turned physical, she said.
After McIntosh was shot, Henderson continued to fire at the man as he fled, Rogina said. McIntosh later died of a chest wound.
Henderson is alleged to have fired into the gathering crowd, endangering children, before leading police on a 40-block chase through city streets.
"He stops only when he wrecks his car," Rogina told jurors.
Defense attorney Derrick Julkes told jurors the same video would show no evidence of harassment by Henderson, just what appeared to be friendly handshakes between the men.
Julkes said Henderson was celebrating his acceptance into Indiana University Northwest. There was an exchange of words, but jurors wouldn't know what those words were, he said.
Henderson acted in fear for his life when he walked from the pizza shop, Julkes said.
His client was not being aggressive but over-friendly, at worst a nuisance, he said.