Crime

Co-defendant in Chester murder trial: ‘It was over’ before councilman followed them

Christopher Moore, 19, on Monday testifies about the events of Nov. 4, 2014, when he is accused of fatally shooting Chester City Councilman Odell Williams. Moore’s testimony came during a pre-trial hearing on the first day of his murder trial in Fairfield County.
Christopher Moore, 19, on Monday testifies about the events of Nov. 4, 2014, when he is accused of fatally shooting Chester City Councilman Odell Williams. Moore’s testimony came during a pre-trial hearing on the first day of his murder trial in Fairfield County. tkulmala@heraldonline.com

The men charged in the death of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams were ready to call it a night after their would-be robbery attempt at a home on Holmes Road, one of the co-defendants testified Thursday.

DeAngelo Roseboro took the stand Thursday in the murder trial for Christopher Moore, 19, who is charged with fatally shooting Williams with a rifle the night of Nov. 4, 2014. Four other men, including Roseboro, are charged with accessory to a felony.

Court testimony has revealed that five suspects planned to rob someone at a home on Holmes Road that night and were waiting in a field between Holmes and Featherstone roads. Their intended target wasn't home.

"It was over," Roseboro said. "We were about to go back home and just chill."

As they were leaving, they saw a car parked at the end of Featherstone and a woman inside pointing at them, Roseboro said. That was revealed to be Williams' wife, daughter and granddaughter in the car, and they had called Williams to investigate the suspicious pickup parked outside his business. A woman in the car was pointing at the picks up as it rolled past the car, Roseboro said.

Williams gave chase as they left, Roseboro said. He testified that Terrance Buchanan recognized the driver of the burgundy Cadillac as Williams, even mentioning that it was his former football coach; however, Buchanan testified Wednesday that none of them recognized Williams.

Roseboro and another co-defendant, Derrick Dixon, on Thursday gave similar accounts of the events leading up to the shooting.

They pulled over at a barber shop in Chester to see what the Cadillac's driver wanted, Roseboro said. Williams got out and was approaching the car with what they say looked like a cellphone in his hand.

The truck's driver, Quinton McClinton, stopped at a barber shop in Chester to see what the Cadillac's driver wanted, Roseboro said. Williams got out of his car and was approaching the pickup with what appeared to be a cellphone in his hand when McClinton again took off.

"We kept riding, he kept following us," Dixon said. "He started blinking the lights."

Both men, who were sitting in the back seat of the quad-cab, said they heard gunshots as the pickup turned into Patrick Street.

"I leaned over Derrick, let the window down and shot a shot," said Roseboro, who had a .45-caliber "lemon squeeze" with him. "(Williams) backed up off us a little bit."

They made their way to Roundtree Circle, where Moore said to let him out, Roseboro said.

"The whole plan was for us to get away from that Cadillac and get somewhere we knew," he said.

As Moore was getting out, McClinton hit the gas, causing Moore to fall out of the truck.

When asked why they didn't go back to help Moore but instead kept going, Dixon responded, "I don't know."

Dixon and Roseboro said they heard multiple gunshots as the truck continued down Roundtree Circle, where they parked it and fled on foot. Dixon and Roseboro stayed together, running to a home on Old York Road and dropping their guns in the backyard, Roseboro said. They heard a noise near the back of the home and saw Moore, who no longer had the SKS rifle that he had in the truck and is accused of using to shoot Williams.

Roseboro said Lashonda Wray, a family member of Dixon, picked them up after Moore called her, and she took them back to Dixon's home on Saluda Street, where they "chilled" and watched TV.

Roseboro testified that he later turned himself in on warrants weeks later.

The case is being tried in Fairfield County after a judge ruled the amount of pre-trial publicity it had received would prevent Moore from receiving a fair trial in Chester County.

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