Audio and Visiual Recordings Bring Emotion To Murder Trial Of Fallen Memphis Police Woman

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - An emotional start to the trial of the man accused of killing a Memphis policewoman in 2012.  

Investigators say Martoiya Lang was part of a police drug unit raiding a Northeast Memphis house Treveno Campbell was in 4 years ago.    

Campbell is charged in the killing of Lang in a flurry of gunshots that ripped through the house.

Witness testimony, audio, and video recordings brought freshened memories of that day back to officers and Lang's mother.

Lang's mother fought back tears when asked to identify her daughter on a screen in the courtroom as she reached for tissues.

The voice of the officer who called for help that December day packed the same emotion on the 911 call tape played today.

"They all stood up, and I said I know she's gone and I just said take me to my baby," recalled Lang's mother, Vivian Woods. "I just want to see her."

Taking the stand as the first witness in the murder trial of her daughter's accused killer, Vivian Woods was overcome with tears.

Treveno Campbell sat quietly steps away from the witness stand where Woods and a stream of state witnesses gave testimony Tuesday.

Investigators say Campbell shot Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang during a drug raid at home in Northeast Memphis in 2012. 

"There were 200 search warrants that year," prosecutor, Alanda Dwyer told juror Tuesday. "December 14th was the last warrant ever issued before the holidays."

It would be the last time Woods would see her daughter, a mother of 4.

Officer Eric Dobbins took the stand with emotional testimony.

He was one of the officers at the house that day and pulled Lang out of the house, then called 9-1-1.

"I picked her up. I was still expecting her to come with me, but she didn't," Dobbins testified. "I pleaded with her to breathe. Come on. She didn't. At some point, I reached for the radio and called for an ambulance."

Dobbin's voice was heard on 9-1-1 audio from the December 2012 played in the courtroom 

"Officer down officer down!

Police video showed the forced entry into the house and blood around the door.

Court ended late Tuesday with questions to a K-9 officer over conflicts between officers who performed the search.

Court resumes Wednesday morning at 9:30.


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