COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Day 3 of the Kierin Dennis trial involved testimony from several former Dutch Fork High School students.
Dennis is charged with murder in the February 2014 stabbing death of Da'Von Capers, a senior from the Irmo school.
Several of the former students testified that Kierin Dennis, a former Lexington High School student, instigated confrontation with Dutch Fork students. While the defense continued to argue Dennis and his friends were outnumbered by antagonizing Dutch Fork fans.
Dennis' trial began on Monday. Six witnesses took the stand on Wednesday including five former Dutch Fork students. Some of them went to the local Cookout restaurant, where students gathered after the rival basketball game.
Kenneth Williams Jr. testified to helping diffuse the tension inside the restaurant and says he was surprised when it escalated outside. Williams says he stood behind a group of kids and could see the victim, Da'Von Capers, at the driver's side door of Kierin Dennis' SUV.
"His elbow was about right here. Then, boom. Made a 180-degree angle, outside the window. Initially, I thought he pushed him. After the push. I see a knife. Boom. He put the knife back in the car and drive off," Williams said.
The defense attorney tried to get Williams, the state's witness to show him how Capers was stabbed and at what distance but Williams could not demonstrate that.
Some of the other testimony on Wednesday from former students insinuated Kierin Dennis was looking for a fight.