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Shooting victim says attacker repeatedly threatened to kill her

September 9, 2003

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She was shot several times, including twice in the head, yet somehow a Lawrence woman lived to tell about it.

The shooting victim took the stand Monday in Douglas County District Court, as trial began for 20-year-old Antonio Floyd.

Floyd faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, sexual battery, aggravated burglary and aggravated intimidation of a witness in connection with the Nov. 5, 2002, shooting.

"He looked at me," said the victim, who's now blind in one eye. "He was smiling, he was smirking, and he started shooting me."

Jurors heard a recording of a 911 call placed from the victim's home in the 1500 block of Haskell Avenue just moments after the shooting took place:

Dispatcher: "Douglas County 911. What's your emergency?"

Victim: "Help me, Jesus Christ. I've just been shot."

Dispatcher: "You've been shot? Who shot you, ma'am?"

Victim: "Antonio Floyd. Please help me. I'm bleeding. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. Oh, lord Jesus, I don't want to die."

As a result of the victim's 911 call, Floyd was arrested and found with crack cocaine, for which he was prosecuted in federal court. Floyd is serving a 17-year sentence resulting from the federal drug case.

The victim testified Floyd had threatened to kill her several times in the months leading up to the shooting because she had reported him to police in August 2002 for harassing her and stealing $20.

"He came to my house Oct. 30 (2002), the day before Halloween," the victim said. "He went on to tell me if I would not testify against him, he would pay me a lot of money."

The victim said on the night of the shooting she answered a knock at her door. According to her, Floyd, who was free on bond, came in, began groping her, put on black gloves and started shooting at her. She testified the federal drug charges never came up that night.

"He did not mention the case, but he put four hot bullets in me," the victim said during the defense attorney's cross-examination. "I did nothing else to this man."

The woman also described how she played dead after Floyd shot her in the back of the head, a move that may have saved her life.

"I was afraid he would finish me off or go upstairs and get my son," she said.

Defense attorney Ken McRae told jurors the fact that his client shot the victim was not disputed. However, he said why the shooting took place would be an essential part of the case.

"We ask that you keep an open mind as to why it happened," McRae said during his opening statements. He also told jurors his client was under the influence of marijuana and PCP at the time of the shooting.

In addition to the victim's testimony Monday, prosecutors put a Topeka cardiothoracic surgeon on the stand who examined the victim at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He called her injuries "life-threatening" and ordered her to be transferred to KU Med, where she spent two weeks recovering.

The first officer on the scene of the shooting also testified that he thought the victim was not going to make it.

"I thought she was going to die," Lawrence Police Officer Todd Polson testified Monday afternoon. "She said that she had turned him in for drugs and that's why he probably shot her."

Prosecutors will continue to present evidence in the case when testimony resumes at 8 a.m. today

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