"The defendant said, 'What?' That's when he stabs him," said prosecutor Connie Campbell. She said when Gipson stepped back after being stabbed, he saw Garcia get punched by the second victim, who was then stabbed by Garcia.
Defense attorney Thomas Knutsen, however, did his best to discredit Gipson, going over his testimony in painstaking detail and accusing him of having violent tendencies.
Knutsen got Gipson to admit, for example, that he'd been suspended after bringing a realistic looking fake gun to Amador Valley High School. Gipson testified he did so in fear of a Livermore-based gang called the South Side Riders who had confronted him in school.
"They approached me with a knife," Gipson testified.
Gipson also admitted he'd gone from Amador toward Village High School with several friends, and with Dawayne Barnes, the other stabbing victim, as backup. Gipson also testified that he'd headed toward Village "possibly" to fight.
Garcia admitted to police that he'd stabbed Gipson, but denied stabbing Barnes; he's since pleaded not guilty. He's being held in Santa Rita Jail on $260,000 bail. The preliminary hearing is set to continue Nov. 28.
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