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Witness in Roxbury slaying returns to court -- and her original story

Posted by Metro Desk  November 17, 2010 02:57 PM

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Eight months ago, LaToya Thomas Dickson told Suffolk County Superior Court jurors that she was with two men when they allegedly killed a Roxbury teen. Later in that trial, she recanted that testimony and said she wasn't present.

Today, Dickson returned to court – and to her original story.

She testified to a new 9-woman, 7-man jury that she was with Antwon Carter and Daniel Pickney Jr. when the two men allegedly killed 18-year-old Cedirick Steele, an honor student.

Dickson said that she was in the car with the two defendants on March 14, 2007, when Pickney parked on Norfolk Street and Carter got out of the car, wearing a green hoodie. Moments later, she said, loud gunfire erupted, and Carter returned to the car.

"He got in the car, closed the door and tapped me on the arm with the silver handgun that was extremely hot, and I said no," she said. Dickson testified that Pickney, her boyfriend, tried to convince her to take the gun to her mother's house, but she refused.

Carter and Pickney, both from the South End, are on trial for first-degree murder. They allegedly drove to Highland Street intent on retaliating for a non-fatal shooting of an alleged gang associate. Prosecutors say that Steele was an innocent bystander and not connected to any gang.

After her sudden reversal eight months ago in the trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury and declaration of a mistrial, she was charged with perjury, and earlier this month pleaded guilty. She currently awaits sentencing.

A 2009 trial in which Dickson testified that she was with the men as they plotted and carried out a shooting also ended with a deadlocked jury. Dickson also testified before a grand jury in 2007 that she was with the two men.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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