Witness to Ft. Knox shooting: "There was nothing I could do"
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A hearing was held Wednesday for a Fort Knox soldier accused of murdering a man over a domestic incident last month.
The Article 32 hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury, and will determine the charges against Sgt. Marquinta Jacobs. He is accused of gunning down civilian employee Lloyd Gibert on the post in April.
Government attorneys are charging Jacobs with premeditated murder and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.
Captain Jonathan Hawkins, a friend of Gibert's, testified Wednesday that he was walking in a parking lot outside the Human Resources Building with Gibert, when they were approached by a gold Dodge pickup truck. Capt. Hawkins testified that's when Jacobs drove up, got out of the truck, and pulled a handgun from the pocket of his cargo shorts.
"He hollered, 'Lloyd, you've been f----'in my wife!'" Hawkins testified.
Hawkins said Jacobs pointed the handgun briefly at both of them.
"I felt I was on the wrong end of the muzzle of that weapon," Hawkins said.
Hawkins testified that Jacobs fired the weapon six to eight times. Hawkins said he felt Gibert's hand on his shoulder just before he dove for cover. He said he felt fear and compared it to when his vehicle was blown up during his second combat deployment.
"The same sort of rush of emotions went over my body," he said.
Hawkins said that after Jacobs drove away, he and a woman who was nearby held Gibert's hands and tried to comfort him.
"He was laying, his back on the ground. His arms were out, eyes looking at the sky," Hawkins testified.
Hawkins said he tried to talk to Gibert about college basketball to take his mind off the situation, but he wasn't responding.
Hawkins said of Gibert, "He was the life of the party -- the guy who kept good times going....The last thing I remember Lloyd saying was, 'No, no, no.'"
He added that he felt hopeless as he tried to comfort Gibert.
"There was nothing I could do," he said.
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