Timothy Davis Sr. took the stand on Wednesday in his own defense. The former Orlando police officer is on trial for the second-degree murder of his son, Timothy Davis Jr.
The father and son had gotten into an argument at the Apopka home of Davis Sr. What started as physical altercation on the afternoon of Oct. 1, 2011, ended in the shooting death of Davis Jr. A surveillance camera recorded some of the events on that day.
Davis Sr. told members of the jury that the gun he pointed at his son was not meant to kill him. "I pulled it out, trying to scare him. I told him, 'Leave me alone son! If you don't leave me alone, I am going to get my gun!' My intent was trying to back him down."
Defense attorney Richard Nesmith asked, "What does that mean?" Davis answered, "I wanted to fire in his direction, to make him back down."
Davis told the jurors the story in his own words, but prosecutors didn't buy the shooting story. They said the video shows that Davis Sr. went to his car, pulled out a gun and began firing.
Prosecutor Jim Altman argued that Davis Sr. could have stayed in the car. The wife of Davis Sr. also took the stand. Tasha Davis said her son was overpowering her husband and she tried to break up the fight. She said they went downstairs, and she heard a noise.
Nesmith asked, "After you heard this noise, did you know what it was?" She answered, "I hoped it was a firecracker." Davis Jr. later died at the hospital.
On Thursday, closing arguments will begin and the jury is expected to deliberate.