Victims testify about Raleigh Oakwood home invasions

A series of victims described the terror they felt during home invasion robberies to a Raleigh jury Friday.
March 21, 2014 3:53:15 PM PDT
A series of victims described the terror they felt during home invasion robberies to a Raleigh jury Friday.

The testimony came in the trial of 27-year-old Jahaad Marshall who faces a host of charges in five Raleigh home invasion style robberies going back to December 2012.

Prosecutors say Jahaad and his brother Shabar - who was 16 at the time of the crimes - shot a homeowner in the back during one of the robberies as the man tried to protect his wife from sexual assault. The man was left paralyzed.

On the witness stand Friday, another couple told jurors about their experience with the brothers. Curtis Lovick, 67, said two masked men came into his home December 30, 2012. Lovick said the pair used a stun gun to shock him and demanded money while holding gun to his head.

Lovick said the shorter of the two men was angry and violent.

"I told the police officer that if they didn't catch them that somebody was going to get murdered soon," said Lovick.

Lovick's wife described having a gun pointed at her head while she was forced to open a safe. The couple was left handcuffed in their home. Police and firefighters had to use bolt cutters to free them.

The robbery at the Lovick's home came about a week before a January, 2013 robbery at the home of another man and his wife.

The woman testified at the trial Friday. She described how the men pointed guns at them and demanded money. She said the terror increased as the minutes dragged by.

"I thought they'd been there too long and they'd done too much, and I thought we would be killed," she said.

One of the men then ordered her upstairs where the other was waiting.

"He started running his hands up and down my body, over my breasts, over my backside, and my stomach," she said.

At that point, the woman's husband began to struggle with the man who was guarding him. The woman was able to get out of the house and run for help, but the husband was shot in the back.

"As soon as it was open, I started to scream and I started running toward my neighbor's house," said the woman. "I was right about to their front steps, uh, I heard a gunshot ...  I thought [my husband] was dead.

The two brothers are being tried separately. Shabar Marshall has already admitted to 15 total charges including first-degree sex offense and attempted murder in the incident at the Beyer's home. He remains charged in the other home invasions.

Jahaad Marshall is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of attempted murder, one count of attempted first-degree rape and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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