CROWN POINT | The sole eyewitness to the murders of two Gary men Jan. 14, 2013, testified for more than four hours Tuesday in the second day of Samuel Lee Franklin’s trial in Lake County Criminal Court.
Halicia Hazley, 21, of Gary, was identified in court as the girlfriend of Deshalone Williams, 18.
Franklin, 21, of Gary, is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Williams and Terrell Frazier, 21.
Frazier died of a gunshot wound to the head Jan. 15 at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary.
Williams died later that night. He also suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Testifying for the prosecution, Hazley said she and Williams picked Frazier up to take him to work Jan. 14, 2013, and stopped at a gas station at 15th Avenue and Clark Road about 10 p.m.
A man wearing a hoodie walked up to Williams while he was pumping gas and started talking to him, she said.
She identified that man in court as Samuel Franklin and said he tried to get into the car on the passenger side but that Williams told him to get in back with Frazier.
Hazley testified when he got in the back seat, Franklin said, “I’ve seen you two” and that Frazier said, “Say what?”
Later, she said, Willliams told Frazier to “Watch dude."
She also said she turned around in her seat to look at the man because he kept moving, trying to see out the car’s windshield. He also had distinctive hand movements.
The four drove north on Clark Road to Seventh Avenue, where Franklin asked to be dropped off near a park.
Hazley testified Williams asked Franklin, “Is this good?” and that Franklin said, “Yes.”
“He (Franklin) said, ‘This is the procedure,' and then I see his arm coming up between me and Dee (Williams) and a bullet went through the window (windshield),” she said. “I jumped out of the car and ran up the third baseline of the baseball field and ducked.”
Hazley said she heard more gunshots and saw the “car light up” inside.
“I thought he (Franklin) was going to come after me,” she testified.
When she saw the shooter leave, Hazley said she went back to the car and sat on Williams’ lap to drive the men to the hospital.
After Williams died, Hazley said she kept remembering she had seen the man who got into the car on several occasions in the days prior to the shooting. The man wore a hoodie during those encounters.
He was at two friends’ apartments Jan. 9 and again on the sidewalk with Williams and Frazier on the day before the murders, she said.
“The person looked familiar, but I did not know his name,” Hazley testified, although she added that people called him “Sam” at the various places she saw him.
“The name Sam kept going around in my head,” she said.
Hazley said she went on Facebook to her friend’s page to find out who Sam was. After linking to several friends’ Facebook pages, she clicked on Samuel Franklin’s page and immediately knew he was the man who shot Williams and Frazier, she testified.
She went to police with that information and picked Franklin out of a photo lineup.
Hazley stuck to her testimony during cross-examination by defense attorney R. Brian Woodward, who hammered home the fact that Hazley testified she and the men were smoking marijuana just before the shooter approached the car.
“I’ve smoked marijuana from the time I was 12,” she said. “I don’t have any effects."
Asked by Woodward why she continues to smoke it if it doesn't affect her, Hazley answered, “Because it’s a drug. It’s addictive.”
The trial continues Wednesday.