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Week one of Harris murder trial wraps up

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The defense takes aim at a former co-defendant testifying against two men on trial for the murder of an Albany business owner.

Today, the defense called him untruthful and said that he fit the description of the gunman who shot Walter Phelps at his hardware store.... not Jordan Harris. 

"I had nothing to do with it." said Jamon Carter.

"You had nothing to do with what?" Asked the attorney.

Jamon Carter was under fire on the stand, as the defense continued questioning him about his involvement with the armed robbery on July 3, 2010 at P&P hardware store.

"With your white t-shirt and dark shorts, 6'1, low hair-cut self. You were there. Right?"

"No ma'am," he said.

The defense says Carter fits the description of the gunman who shot Walter Phelps, the owner of the store. Phelps died a month later.

"Did the officers also tell you that Mr. Phelps said the person who shot him was 160 to 180 pounds. Did they tell you that?"

"I think so, yeah."

"And you say you're 175 pounds?"

"Yes ma'am."

Carter says he heard his former friend, Jordan Harris planning the robbery and that Ezekiel James would drive the getaway car.

Harris is accused of shooting Phelps...then stealing his credit card and using it on a shopping trip with James and Carter.

Carter says he drove them to the Polo store in Lake Park, where Harris bought items for them.

"I didn't do it," he said.

The jury got to hear the first time Carter spoke with police about the incident...and the interrogation.

"You shot that man," shouted the attorney.

Carter maintained his innocence, but the defense says some of his original testimony doesn't match up.

"Both can't be true can they?"

"No," he said.

Carter was originally charged in the case...he pled guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and credit card fraud.  

Jordan Harris and Ezekiel James are charged with murder and armed robbery.

The prosecution is still calling witnesses.

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