Prosecutors continued offering witnesses Thursday they hope will convict a man accused of shooting a Charleston County sheriff's deputy six times.
One of them was a taxi driver called to the area where the manhunt was on. Cabbie Berlin Simmons said he got a notice to pick up someone after Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow had been shot on James Island, with the suspect still at large.
When he arrived at the designated address, a man asked him if he'd been "followed" into an area where authorities had set up multiple roadblocks.
Simmons said he'd never had such a question in his career. Afterward, the man waved the driver off and walked toward some woods, the cabbie said.
The testimony came during the fourth day of trial for Brandon Simmons, 21, charged with firing six shots at the deputy in January after a chase through the Grimball Road area. The cabbie and the suspect are not related.
The cab driver later identified Simmons as the man he'd spoken to during his aborted pickup call.
Simmons was arrested a day after the shooting when he was spotted hiding inside a car on the property where the taxi had been summoned.
He faces two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count of possessing a firearm during a violent crime.
Testimony will continue this morning, with the expectation the case could go to the jury later today.