Mobile County Woman Killed For Talking To Police

Mobile County Woman Killed For Talking To Police

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It was a search that started in 2008 for the missing Tammy Stokes and ended three years later. 

“Her body was left out in Grand Bay and wasn't discovered until August of 2011,” says Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood. 

Now three years after that, Tammy Stokes’ drug dealer and friend Isaac Washington goes on trial for her murder.  Prosecutors say Washington, along with codefendant Dwayne Pettaway, picked up Stokes in their car in May of 2008.  Washington found out she was an informant for lawmen and wasn't happy. 

Prosecutors claim Washington began choking and beating her in the back seat.  They drove her in the trunk to Armstead Road.  Pettaway got her out of the trunk and Washington blasted her in the head with a shotgun according to Blackwood’s opening argument.  For the family, this has been a long wait.

“If Washington hurt her I want, you know, him to be found guilty but if he's innocent… really I'm going to put it in God's hands,” says the mother of Tammy Stokes, Cherry Stokes.  The defense says Washington's not the shooter.  Defense lawyer Bucky Thomas says the prosecution’s entire case hinges on the testimony of codefendant Dwayne Pettaway.  The defense says Pettaway was the one who pulled the trigger and is only testifying against Washington to save himself and that Washington didn't know what Pettway was going to do until it was too late.

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