Robert Brewer, the man shot by Bourbon County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Rodgers on Sept. 21, 2007, took the stand Tuesday, if only by way of audio deposition, to tell jurors in U.S. District Court what happened that night.
Brewer, who has since died of other causes, tried to explain to jurors that his constitutional rights had been violated that night when Rodgers shot him without warning or provocation. Brewer explained his post-shooting history of arm pain and the panoply of drug medications that was required to control it.
His wife, Rhonda, who as executor of his estate is bringing the suit against Rodgers and others, wept during his testimony.
Testimony from Charles Henney, a Coulthard Lane neighbor who had spoken with Brewer throughout the day of the shooting, contradicted Brewer's testimony that Brewer had not been drinking heavily. Henney called the sheriff's office out of concern for an intoxicated Brewer and helped Rodgers find the scene; Henney then retreated into his house and did not witness the confrontation between the two men.
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The trial continues at 9 a.m.Wednesday.