GASTONIA, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - There was heightened security at the trial of a man accused of shooting a father of four at a rest stop in 2015, leaving him paralyzed.
Prosecutors say the case involved "validated gang members," and the judge ordered everyone to present identification before entering the courtroom, and did not allow any camera in the courtroom, as there have already been two attempted hits on the man who was shot by the suspect.
The victim, Greg McKee, watched from his wheelchair as the man now on trial in connection with a shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down entered the courtroom in a suit on Tuesday.
Terrell Thomas was arrested in December 2015 after authorities say they found him hiding out in Queens, NY almost two weeks after McKee was shot in the back at this rest stop on I-85 in Cabarrus county.
Terrie McKee, Greg’s wife, spoke with FOX 46 just days after hearing the shot go off that left her husband paralyzed. Deputies say Thomas and another man Darren Manuel tried to rob McKee at the rest stop.
The McKee family was on their way back to Gastonia from Virginia for Thanksgiving. The family waited in the car while Greg went inside. Terrie described the trauma her children endured that night.
"She saw her daddy in a pool of his own blood. And sat down on the floor with him and started crying," she said.
Manuel pleaded guilty back in October to attempted first degree murder and felony conspiracy. He's now serving 18 to 22 years in prison according to the clerk's office.
McKee is expected to be called as a witness in Thomas’s trial, telling the jury about the night he was shot.
Jury selection will continue on Wednesday, and the trial could last until next week.
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