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Former Officer Pleads the Fifth in Treveno Campbell Trial

Testimony moved forward Saturday in the trial of Treveno Campbell.
Officer Lang Trial

Testimony moved forward Saturday in the trial of Treveno Campbell.

Campbell is accused of shooting and killing Memphis Police officer Martoiya Lang during a drug raid in 2012.

Saturday morning Cervinia Braswell, a forensic firearms scientist with the TBI showed jurors 3 guns that were recovered after a drug raid on December 14, 2012 led to a shooting and left Officer Lang dead.

She explained how Officer Lang and Dotson each fired three shots, Treveno Campbell fired 11 times and it was one of his 11 shots that killed Lang. 

Braswell said Lang’s shots hit the ceiling as she fell. 

While the jury was out of the courtroom, former Memphis Police officer Timothy Goodwin who was with Lang when they served the search warrant pleaded the fifth.

“I’ll be exercising my 5th amendment right,” said Goodwin when asked about the events and circumstances concerning the execution of the search warrant on December 14, 2012.

The judge said Goodwin had the right to take the 5th.

Treveno Campbell’s friend Willie Braddock who was in the home at the time of the raid also took the stand.

Braddock said Campbell came to the house tired and went to bed. Braddock said he fell asleep while playing a game.

“I was woke up of what sounded like a car crash come through the door,” Braddock testified, “The police or whatever that was coming in was saying, ‘Get down get down get down.'”

He said he didn’t see police when they yelled to get down, but when they entered a hallway he saw a big shield and helmet. Braddock also stated he didn’t hear anyone yelling “police” upon entering the home.

Braddock testified police put him in handcuffs then he heard gunshots, that he had to step over an officer on the ground as police led him out of the home, and an officer told him Campbell was dead.

“They took me out of the police car and then I asked the officer, ‘Was everything ok?’ and he was like ‘Nah your friend dead.’ He didn’t say anything about the police officer,” said Braddock.

Braddock also testified he signed an untrue statement because police threatened to charge him with accessory to murder.

Campbell’s trial continues Sunday at 10:00 a.m.