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Witness puts Jerren Stuckey at scene of Rayon Braxton murder

Jerren Stuckey rushed out of Braxton Hall moments after Rayon Braxton was shot to death upstairs in the Harrisburg club, a witness told a Dauphin County jury Tuesday.

Sean Edmunds, a former DJ for parties at Braxton Hall, said he encountered Stuckey seconds after hearing the gunshots that police say killed the 24-year-old Braxton on the evening of Nov. 27, 2015.

“I was about to go into the building…That’s when I heard the gunshots,” Edmunds said under questioning by Chief Deputy District Attorney Johnny Baer.

He said he paused, then walked to the club’s only access door on Carlisle Street and opened it. “That’s when I saw Stuckey come out,” Edmunds said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God! Look out! They’re shooting!'”

Stuckey then got into the driver’s side of a nearby car and sped backwards up Carlisle Street without turning on his headlights, Edmunds said.

Baer asked about Stuckey’s demeanor.

“He had a blank, worried look…like, ‘I got caught, but I’m scared also’,” Edmiunds replied. He said he is “100 percent” sure the man who came out of Braxton Hall was Stuckey.

Baer is seeking a first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence for the 26-year-old Stuckey. The prosecutor claims Stuckey killed Braxton because Braxton couldn’t repay him for money Stuckey invested in the club, which Braxton hoped to develop into a center for children in the Allison Hill neighborhood.

Police claim Braxton was shot seven times at close range outside his office in his rented space in the former Big Ugly Warehouse building.

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On cross-examination, defense attorney George Matangos asked Edmunds if he saw anything in Stuckey’s hands as he left Braxton Hall. “Not that I know of,” Edmunds answered.

“You didn’t see a gun in his hands, did you?” Matangos continued.

“No,” Edmunds said.

Lulu Cotton, a bartender at Braxton Hall, said she didn’t hear any gunshots before she went into the club that evening to prepare for a scheduled rap battle. Upstairs, she and a friend found a body lying face-down in a corner.

“We were in shock. We thought it was a joke. Then we saw all the blood,” Cotton said under questioning by Deputy District Attorney Kristie Falbo.

Cotton also said that, days after Braxton’s slaying she was getting into a car when Stuckey swerved toward her and ran over her foot. She said she didn’t call police about that incident.

Nathaniel Kump, a resident of a nearby veterans home, said he was on Carlisle Street in his wheelchair when he heard multiple gunshots. The Marine veteran of the Iraq War said he recognized them as coming from a larger-caliber weapon.

“It sounded like there were two quick (shots) and then several more followed,” Kump said.

He said he then saw a man run out of Braxton Hall and get into the passenger side of a gray car with one missing hubcap, which then backed up quickly on Carlisle Street and left the area. He said he recognized the car as a vehicle Stuckey drove.

No one else came out of the building, Kump said.

Kump said under Matangos’ questioning that he had smoked marijuana about five hours before the slaying. He also said he couldn’t pick Stuckey’s photo out of a lineup police showed him right after the murder.

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