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Eye witness testifies in Harris-James murder trial

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The worker who identified the gunman in the murder of Walter Phelps took the stand Wednesday in the trial of the accused killers.

She picked Jordan Harris out of a line up about three months after the incident in 2010.

But the defense pointed out inconsistencies in her story. "The guy was about 5' 6", black male, white shirt, dark pants, silver gun."

Teresa Fletcher, who goes by Pam, read part of her written statement to the jury.

Fletcher says she entered P&P hardware the morning of July 3rd, 2010 and found the owner of the store, Walter Phelps, on the ground with a gunshot wound. She says that's when the suspect pointed a gun in her face and demanded she open the cash register.

More than two months later she picked Jordan Harris out of a lineup as the gunman.

But the defense questioned her consistency, pointing out that she initially gave five different measurements for the height of the suspect directly after the incident.

But the prosecution pointed out that this happened right after a gun was pointed in her face. "If you're aware I'm not a tape measurer in the heat of a crime, right." Said Fletcher. "So I could have given those many heights, not knowing, I can't be sure of that exact height. I'm not a tape measurer."

Prosecutors say Harris robbed the store and Ezekial James drove the getaway car.

During her testimony, Fletcher said she never saw James.

James and Harris are accused of using Phelps' credit card with friends at the Polo store in Lake Park just hours after the shooting. Both deny having any involvement in Phelps' death.

Walter Phelps died two months after the shooting.

The prosecution is expected to call a medical examiner to testify his death was a direct result of the shooting. Testimony will continue Thursday morning.

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