Witness: Lee involved in theft of her Hummer days before fatal crash

Jennifer Kohan
Jennifer Kohan

By Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Testimony continued for a third day Wednesday in the trial of 18-year-old Herbert Lee. He's accused of murder in the death of four teens who were killed when he crashed a stolen car into a tree in December 2008.

Just before lunch, prosecutors called a witness who testified that Lee and four other people followed her home from a Target and threatened her with a shotgun before stealing her Hummer from her driveway on Dec. 13, 2008.

"Someone had taken my keys, jumped in my Hummer, and by that time, someone had also gotten in the Accord, backed out of my driveway. I watched them back out and drive away, and then they got in my Hummer and backed out and followed the Accord down the street," Kohan said.

Kohan testified that her assailants threatened her with a shotgun and said they would hurt her if she didn't give up her keys.

"They came up to me - my door was open - forcing the shotgun at me in my face, threatening me, saying they would hurt me, they would kill me," Kohan said.

Defense attorneys plan to argue that Lee may have been responsible for the deaths of Aaron Shields and three brothers - Jemar, Demar and Marc Claybrooks, but that he did not in fact murder them.

The four were killed on Dec. 18, 2008 when Lee crashed the stolen Accord after fleeing a traffic stop by Louisville Metro Police on South 1st Street.

Before breaking for lunch, jurors were given a chance to see the Honda Accord that Lee crashed, which was split in half by the impact.

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