3 testify about stabbing at 2016 party.

BARNSTABLE — Three witnesses testified in Kelly Ridley Jr.'s murder trial Monday, but their memories of the events leading up to Thomas Russell Jr.'s fatal stabbing varied.

Among the discrepancies were where Russell was hit with a scooter thrown by Ridley, who was involved in earlier fights at the party where the stabbing occurred and even how Ridley and Russell fought during the fatal altercation.

Ridley, 20, of Hyannis, is on trial in Barnstable Superior Court, charged with one count of murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Prosecutors first called Christopher Bromley, 25, who was flown in from Florida to testify.

Bromley was part of a group of people who left Embargo restaurant and bar in Hyannis sometime after midnight Oct. 22, 2016, and went to a house party on Beth Lane.

He said he first saw a verbal argument between Ridley and another person outside the house. Ridley then said he was going to go into the house and get a gun, he testified.

"From what I remember, it was a lot of 'You're not going to do that,' and, basically, calling his bluff on it," he said.

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Although he said he could not remember who else was involved in the argument, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Flanagan presented him with a transcript of his grand jury testimony.

"Well, the initial argument was between Kelly and Teezy, looking at what I said there," Bromley said.

"Teezy" was Russell's nickname and the name that prosecutors and witnesses have used throughout the trial.

Bromley said a second altercation between Ridley and Russell came to blows, although Russell's cousin, David Gonzales, was also nearby.

"A brawl broke out," he said.

Flanagan showed him his prior testimony, that Ridley was fighting with Gonzales, not with Russell. He agreed that whatever he said before the grand jury was true.

After the fight with Gonzales, Ridley went back into the house, came out, picked up a scooter and threw it at Russell's head, he testified.

Bromley said the scooter hit Russell just above the left eye.

He said Ridley again went into the house and came back outside, but this time was not wearing a shirt and started waving a knife around.

"I believe he said, 'Who wants it?'" Bromley said.

Ridley and Gonzales were then arguing in the driveway and Russell was walking down the road when he stopped and started running back, Bromley said. Russell punched Ridley in the back of the head, and Ridley started hitting Russell with his fist and the knife, he testified.

"I just saw them both swinging," he said.

Bromley said he and Joseph France tended to Russell, who had a "hole" in his stomach, before France ran into the house and started beating Ridley with a broomstick or wiffle bat.

He said he ran after France and told him to come back outside, which he did.

When Judge Robert Rufo excused the jury for a break, he suggested Flanagan go over the grand jury transcripts with Bromley because of his memory problems.

Misty Longobardi testified that she was at Embargo with her friends before going to the party.

She said she saw Ridley come out of the house without a shirt on. In her version, Russell and Ridley approached each other and appeared to be giving each other bear hugs and hitting each other's backs.

"Kelly ran back in toward the house and Teezy just seemed frozen," Longobardi said. "He didn't move."

She then saw Russell was bleeding.

"He fell to the ground and we all ran over," she said. "He didn't say anything."

Joel Coelho testified that he went to the party after being invited by his sister.

He said Russell and Ricky Powell were fighting in the driveway and sometime after that fight, Ridley threw the scooter at the back of Russell's head.

Coelho said he saw Ridley holding a knife while Russell was walking away. Russell then turned around and ran back toward Ridley, and they started fighting, he said.

"He goes down and says he got stabbed," Coehlo said.

Coehlo's sister, Priscilla, is expected to testify Tuesday.

Flanagan said she has been granted immunity from prosecution after recently telling him that she lied during the December 2016 grand jury proceedings, when she described the stabbing in great detail. She now says she never saw it.

"The commonwealth does not credit the recantation of sworn grand jury testimony of Priscilla Coelho," Flanagan said.

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