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Shooting testimony: Suspect laughed

Christopher Tolliver was on his knees suffering from a bullet wound to his abdomen when his ex-boyfriend fired a fatal gunshot to the back of Tolliver's head, a detective testified Monday.

Witnesses at the Lexington Green parking lot March 5 told police that the shooter laughed as he stood over Tolliver, Detective Todd Iddings said.

Iddings testified Monday during a preliminary hearing for Toby Lasure in Fayette District Court. Lasure, 31, is charged with murder, wanton endangerment, fleeing police and leaving the scene of an accident.

District Judge Joseph Bouvier found probable cause to send Lasure's case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Lasure spoke with police after the shooting and confessed several times. Lasure said Tolliver told him "hurtful things" at Lexington Green, according to Iddings.

Friends and relatives of Tolliver have said he had broken up with Lasure, whom he met last year around Thanksgiving.

Iddings said Lasure had called Tolliver earlier that day, asking him to work out with him at Fitness 19 on Boston Road. Lasure found Tolliver at the nearby Kroger, and Tolliver told him he wanted to talk at Lexington Green, Iddings said.

Police have said several people witnessed the shooting.

Iddings said two witnesses identified Lasure — through a photo lineup — as the shooter at Lexington Green.

Another police officer described the chase that led to a three-hour standoff at The Ridge Behavioral Health System. The Ridge is a psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment center at 3050 Rio Dosa Drive, near Man o' War Boulevard.

Sgt. Pat McBride said Lasure whizzed in and out of "extremely heavy traffic." His speed went as high as 90 mph on New Circle Road.

At the Ridge parking lot, Lasure held a gun to his head inside his car. Negotiators eventually persuaded him to surrender.

"Our only hope was to calm him down," McBride said.

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