Witnesses testify that man fatally shot by off duty cop was unarmed

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SAN ANTONIO – James Brantley testified in federal court Tuesday that he came forward with his account of a shooting at a North Side restaurant that claimed the life of Marquise Jones, 23, to ensure that justice was done.

He said that he made his decision after seeing news accounts of the incident in 2014.

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He testified that Jones was not armed when he was shot to death by Officer Robert Encina.

Encina said after the shooting that he believed that Jones had a weapon and that he fired fearing for his life.

Blakely testified that immediately following the shooting Encina approached him and said “You saw the gun, right?”

Brantley said he told him that he did not see a gun.

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He said that police never asked him to make a statement the night of the shooting.

A grand jury cleared Encina of any criminal charges in 2015.

Jones family is seeking unspecified damages in the wrongful death suit.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday at the federal courthouse.

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