Third day of trial for suspect in I-85 rest stop shooting

- "It could have been worse, could have killed.”

That was part of the audio that a Cabarrus County detective testified in court came from defendant Terrell Thomas’ phone. It's unclear if Thomas himself made the statement.

According to the investigator, that recording between Thomas, and two other people was made on December 9, 2015, about a week and a half after Greg McKee, a father of four, was shot and paralyzed at a rest stop on I-85 in Cabarrus County. 

Thomas is on trial in connection with the shooting. Darren Manuel has already pleaded guilty to shooting McKee.

The defense says none of the witnesses have identified Thomas as a suspect and multiple witnesses said the non-shooter had tattoos on his face. Thomas has freckles.

McKee wrapped up his testimony Wednesday morning talking about the suspects saying "They could keep me cornered. Two on one is harder to defend. Two has the advantage."

The prosecution says Thomas’ fingerprints were found on a water fountain at the rest stop the night of the shooting. Testimony will continue on Thursday.   

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