Pair deny murder after 'ricocheting bullet' killed Rico Gordon
TWO groups converged on Bristol before a gunfight that left a man dead.
A jury at Bristol Crown Court was shown a catalogue of CCTV images said to chart the movements of two parties as they arrived in the city from London on the night of last summer's St Paul's carnival.
It is alleged that, following an incident when both groups visited the Coach House pub on Stapleton Road, a gun battle ensued in the street nearby and 21-year-old Rico Gordon was caught in the crossfire with a ricocheting bullet through his head.
Two men from London are on trial charged with killing Mr Gordon, pictured right, on July 3 last year.
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Shakah Anderson, 31, denies murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Rickel Adams, 27, denies murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and two charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, concerning Hezekiah Davies and Isabell Brant who were wounded in the exchange.
Andrew Langdon QC, continuing his opening speech to the jury, said Anderson was among 14 people in a convoy of five cars in group one, including three Ford Pumas, a Ford Fiesta and a BMW.
He said Adams, as well as his relative Mr Gordon, was in a smaller contingent travelling in an Alfa Romeo and Audi.
Mr Langdon said Adams was shot in the leg in the fire fight and his blood was detected in the Alfa Romeo – which later took him to Ealing Hospital in London for treatment.
The jury was told forensic scientists found Type 3 gunshot discharge residue on the jeans of Adams, Mr Gordon and Farelle Gordon.
There was also evidence of a bullet having shattered a window of the Alfa Romeo, the court heard, though efforts had been made to replace the window and clean the vehicle.
CCTV footage showed the wounded Adams arriving at Ealing Hospital later that morning having changed his top, the jury heard.
When Adams was arrested in November last year he made no comment and Anderson, who was arrested in October last year, merely said he used to live in Bristol using the name "Cash Money", in connection with his music links.
Mr Langdon embarked on playing the jury 120 CCTV clips charting the two groups' progress to Bristol, their visit to the Coach House and the frantic dash of the gunfight which followed.
The court has heard distinctively marked shell casings at the scene included ammunition made in Czechoslovakia and Germany as well as a British-made casing dating from 1943.
The case continues.