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Tyrone Mosby trial: Convicted felon takes stand for prosecution

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A convicted felon and admitted former drug dealer was the star witness for the prosecution Tuesday in the trial of Tyrone Mosby, the man accused in the shooting of Orlando-area teen Danielle Sampson.

Chester Joseph admitted his story has changed during the past few months.

"I lied a lot, OK? I lied a lot in the first investigation. But once I told the truth, the truth was the truth," Joseph said.

Joseph said he's now being truthful about the events of July 29, 2012, the day Danielle was shot in the head by a stray bullet as she rode home from church in a minivan on her mother's birthday. Her parents didn't know Danielle had been hit until they pulled over to get in the line of fire. Danielle was left wheelchair-bound and in a coma.

Joseph said was his hangout that Mosby tried to break into that July night. He said he didn't want to let anyone get away with that, so he got into his car and started to chase the suspect.

But when he heard bullets start to fly, Joseph said he fled.

"I heard gunshots. Pow, pow, pow, pow pow pow," Joseph testified.

Why didn't you keep pursuing him? he was asked during questioning.

"I'm not a hero. I'm not a bulletproof. It's over with. I'm not fixing to be chasing nobody that's shooting reckless like that."

Joseph picked Mosby out of a lineup and testified Mosby fired at him at the same place and time that Danielle was shot in the head.

The defense is trying to use Joseph to put reasonable doubt in the jury's minds. Joseph said on the stand he didn't fire a gun and insisted he did not have one with him.

Joseph said he didn't come forward right away, saying he didn't want to talk to cops or get involved. But in the end, he said he had to because it was the right thing to do.

"This is not about me. This is about a little innocent girl that got shot that will never be able to drive a car, that probably won't be able to ever have a boyfriend and won't be able to enjoy life like I can," Joseph said.

Prosecutors say they will call several more witnesses Wednesday, then the defense is expected to step. It's unclear whether Mosby will testify in his own defense.

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