ugg store nyc Carey Testifies About The Night Of The Shooting
NEW BRITAIN During her second day on the witness stand Tuesday, Alanna Carey on trial for the murder of her ex boyfriend Edward Landry in January 2012 testified that she fired three shots from the handgun she kept in her purse that night because she feared for her life and the lives of her family members.
Landry, 44, was found dead inside his room at the Carrier Motor Lodge in Newington on Jan. 2, 2012, after Carey called 911 and reported that she had shot him. Carey told police at the time that Landry pulled a knife on her during an argument and that she shot him in self defense.
According to Carey’s testimony on Tuesday, she and Landry had been seeing each other on and off in the month prior to the shooting, despite the fact that he had moved out of the home they previously shared and into the motel. Carey testified that he moved out in December 2011 after her sister caught him in the house with another woman.
On Jan. 2, 2012, Carey said she went to the Carrier Motor Lodge to bring Landry some lunch and to talk about seeing his children to give them the Christmas presents she had purchased. Carey testified that she was basically a stepmother to the children over the years she and Landry were together.
“The conversation was up and down,” Carey said. “Mr. Landry could be like a Jekyll and Hyde.”
Carey’s sister had dropped her off at the motel that day and Carey said that she texted her sister during the afternoon asking when she could come back to get her, “because [Landry’s] yelling and threatening me.”
“He just kept blaming me for his family being in shambles,” Carey said.
She testified that at one point she told Landry that she had met someone else and she thought it would be best for them to split permanently. Carey said that after that, Landry became livid and told her she would never leave him before he left her.
“The anger that I saw in his face and his eyes, I had never seen that before,” Carey said.
Carey testified that Landry said he would “take me out, personally” and that he had already “put a hit” out on her family with his motorcycle club. She said he had a knife in his left hand and began to reach toward the nightstand,
where several other knives were sitting.
“My hand was resting in my purse because that’s where my hand pistol was,” Carey said. She testified that she began backing away from Landry off the bed where they had both been sitting and begged him to “please just let me go.”
Carey said she got up off the bed and pulled out her handgun, but Landry did not stop moving toward the knives on the nightstand. She testified that she closed her eyes and fired the gun.
“I feared for my life. I feared for my life knowing what he was capable of, knowing I would never make it to that door,” she said, referring to the motel room door.
When prosecutor John Malone got his turn to cross examine Carey, he questioned her about the gun and where she usually carried it. Carey testified that she has had a state pistol permit since 2002 and purchased a handgun in November 2010 at Landry’s urging.
Malone also asked her about where the gun was after Landry was shot that night. Carey testified that she had the gun in her pocket when she left the motel room, hours before she returned and called 911. She also testified that she picked up the shell casings from the shots fired, but said she didn’t realize she had done so until later on.
During the occasionally contentious cross examination, Malone also asked Carey about a series of text messages between her and Landry on Jan. 2, 2012 where she asked him if he got “the product” they had talked about. Landry responded “how much” and Carey texted back “2/8,” according to phone records shown to the jury.
“That was cocaine, right?” Malone asked, which Carey denied, saying that they were discussing the purchase of UGG boots for one of Landry’s daughters and “2/8” referred to the number of boots and the size the girl wore.
Malone pressed Carey about whether she and Landry had used cocaine together on Jan. 2, 2012, and she continued to deny any use,
even when presented with a photo of a ten dollar bill found in the motel room that tested positive for cocaine residue according to prior witness testimony.
Carey is facing a murder charge and could be sentenced to 60 years in prison if found guilty. The trial is now in its third week and Carey’s testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.