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Testimony continues in Wyatt Johnson trial


The murder trial of Wyatt Johnson continued Thursday at the Black Hawk County Courthouse. He's accused of killing Kevin Garcia and injuring two others with a knife during a gang fight at Exchange Park in April of 2009.

Bryce Smith is one of three people stabbed that April night. Smith said he noticed Wyatt Johnson right away because he said he was the only white guy involved in the fight.

"He wasn't saying anything. He was really quiet and standing around," Smith said.

Someone stabbed Smith in and around the upper arm. He admits, he also had a knife that night, but he gave it to someone else after the fight.

"Because I knew I had got stabbed and I was going to go the ambulance," Smith said.

Smith says he never used his knife, but didn't want to get in trouble for having one.

Josh Ingham also took part in the fight. He told the jury that he didn't see Wyatt Johnson stab Garcia but he saw the result.

"When he pulled the knife out of Kevin's chest," Ingham said.

Waterloo Police Investigator Andrea Frana interviewed Wyatt Johnson after he was arrested. Johnson admitted to police in a recorded interview - he pulled a knife during the fight but didn't know if he actually stabbed anyone.

"He said he was struck in the head after he had pulled out his knife and the choking happened after he had pulled out his knife and put it back," Frana said.

The trial is scheduled to continue Friday, but the snow storm could cut things short. The trial is expected to last around two weeks.

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