Victims testify against man that ran them over

Abdullah Shareef

February 24, 2010 9:13:17 PM PST
Victims gave gruesome testimony Wednesday in the case of a hit-and-run rampage that killed a man and left four others hurt six years ago.It was a tough day in court for Joan Bass. For the past two weeks she's been face-to-face with 31-year-old Abdulah Shareef. He's the Cumberland County man accused of running over five people in 2004 with two stolen vehicles.

Bass' husband, Lonel Bass, was one of the victims and later died from his injuries. Wednesday, she sat stone faced through gruesome testimony as the state's forensic pathologist recounted her husband's injuries.

"Eight of the ribs were broken," State Forensic Pathologist Dr. John Butts said. "There was also tearing of the musculature that separates the ribs. One of the ribs was actually broken and projecting out into the cavity were the left lung lies."

Investigators say Bass was the fourth person run over by Shareef. Two of the other victims, David McCaskill and Gary Weller have been in court every day since jury selection began.

Dr. Butts says it was clear during Bass's autopsy how he died.

"He died as a result of the injuries he sustained... the ones that I've described - the broken bones, the hemorrhaging into the chest cavity.

Investigators say after running over Bass with a stolen Fayetteville City recreation van, Shareef stole Bass's pickup truck and used it to run down his final victim, Seth Thompson.

"The driver floored it and he hit me with the truck, knock me down and drug me 40-45 feet underneath the front of the truck," Thompson said.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon. But because of half day court schedules Thursday and Friday, it may be Monday before the defense presents evidence.

The judge says it took the defense and prosecution two weeks to seat a jury because Shareef could face the death penalty if convicted.

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