Tolbert Testimony Wraps, Defendant's Uncle Expected to Be Called

During cross-examination by a defense attorney, Jonathan Tolbert admitted the more charges police added to his wrap sheet, the more information he gave them about the robbery and murder of Jennifer Ross.

Tolbert faces charges for providing false statements, possession of marijuana, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm and theft of a stolen gun. That equals a maximum of 18 years behind bars.

Police did not charge him with stealing the gray Ford Taurus used in the crime, or party to a crime for the murder of Jennifer Ross.

When prosecutor David Lock asked Tolbert if he told police the truth or told them what they wanted to hear, Tolbert said he told police the truth.

At 10:10am, Tolbert was excused from the witness stand. Judge Penny Haas Freesemann is taking a ten-minute break.

When court resumes, she will decide whether she will allow the prosecution's star witness to testify. That witness is Sean Thorpe, Michael Thorpe's uncle.

Sean Thorpe told police he was with Michael Thorpe, Webster Wilson and Kevin Huckabee the night Jennifer Ross was shot. He worked with police to gather evidence against the three men on trial.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com