Kenan Gay Emotional As He Testifies in Murder Trial

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by Marvin Beach
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CHARLOTTE, NC - Kenan Gay fought back tears as he testified in his own defense. "I just wanted to get him away from her," he told jurors.

The former Charlotte law student cried at times, his voice shaking, as he described the March 2012 night at Ed's Tavern.

He says after seeing Robert Kingston put his arms around his girlfriend, and try to kiss her, he grabbed him by the collar and pushed him out the door.
 
Gay claims he released Kingston between two cars in the parking lot and turned around. "That's when I heard the sound of a car crash," he told jurors. "I froze."
 
Prosecutors hammered Gay on why he decided to take off. "I just panicked and ran," he replied.
 
Gay cried and took deep breaths as he apologized for what happened and said he thinks about it every day. "I replay it over and over," he said.
 
Perhaps the most emotional moment came as defense attorneys introduced police dash cam video from after Kenan Gay's arrest. He can be heard whimpering and crying. In one clip, he recites the Lord's Prayer over and over again.
 
After Gay's testimony, Sheriff's Deputies brought jurors to Ed's Tavern. One-by-one, they came out the same door Gay and Kingston did that night.
 

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