Guilty verdict in trial for fatal shooting of high school teacher’s aide

Dalan Walker’s little sister, Alisha Walker, stood nearby, crying. As witnesses stood and spoke Thursday, Alisha kept her head bent down, dabbing her face with a white towel.

The prosecution called Wanda Rae Cherry to the stand and she testified that several years ago, on Jan. 4, 2009, she saw a teacher’s aide, Julea Snow, tell Daunte Wright to put his hands behind his back and he then pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and pointed it at two boys and opened fire.

The boys were brothers and were sitting on the steps of Snow’s home on Georgia Avenue SE in Hyattsville. Cherry testified that Snow told Wright to put his hands behind his back.

“She asked him to,” Cherry testified, and Wright shot the two boys, striking one in the shoulder.

Cherry, a former gang member and mother of four, told the jury that she tried to talk to the injured boy.

“He asked me, ‘Can we take my arm, mama? He said, ‘I hurt my arm,’ ” Cherry testified. “He was shot in the shoulder.”

Wright was shot and killed by police shortly after that.

Outside the courtroom Thursday, Alisha Walker was in tears.

Prosecutors said Wright had to testify because he was the owner of the gun. Wright and his wife, Khajah Walker, were on trial for his murder.

The trial is in its second week. If convicted, the Washingtons face life in prison without parole.

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