DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A former Georgia State Patrol trooper testified against a man accused of severely beating her.
Garcia Venson faces aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges in connection with the May 2010 attack in Decatur. Prosecutors believe he beat Trooper Kimberly Davis with her own gun after a high-speed chase in DeKalb County. The injuries prevented her from continuing her career.
Channel 2's Tom Jones spent Tuesday in court, where Davis’ co-workers testified on the stand. One officer said Davis was dazed and confused at the time, and he thought she had been shot.
Davis also took the stand and described not only looking down that barrel of her own gun, but seeing the defendant's finger pull the trigger. She said she thought she was going to die.
Davis said it all began with a traffic stop recorded by her dashcam. She testified Venson sped off, led her on a high-speed chase, and when he took off running, she followed suit.
She said she shot Venson three times when he resisted, but he managed to get her gun and pointed it at her. The gun didn't fire.
“After I saw him pull the trigger, I believe at that moment when I noticed that the gun was locked back, and I didn't know if at that same moment when I noticed it, is when he struck me across the face," Davis said.
Davis was beaten so badly she had to retire. Venson's attorney said he was defending himself because Davis shot him for no reason.