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Callicutt's friend testifies

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Day six of the murder trial of Devon Callicutt and the court hears from his alleged accomplices King Modest and Ricardo Caldwell. Our Solomon Syed joined us with more on what they had to say when they took the stand.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- One of the prosecution's star witnesses in the trial of Devon Callicutt almost caused a mistrial during his cross examination.

King Modest and Ricardo Caldwell both took the stand during day six. They both said that night the three found a man near Yates Street and South Lake Avenue and decided to rob him. Modest testified he hung back and only heard a gunshot as he rode away from the scene on his bike. Caldwell also said he didn't see Callicutt pull the trigger.

During cross examination, Callicutt's defense attorney, Cheryl Coleman, tried to cast doubt on the men's testimony. She accused both of taking the stand just to reduce their robbery sentences.

The most controversial testimony came from Caldwell during this part of the trial. He said he didn't tell police about the first robbery until after Callicutt admitted to it.

Coleman said using the word "admitted" would prejudice the jury, but the judge let it stand.

Testimony continues Thursday.

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