Murder trial focuses on the police interrogation days after VB high schooler’s death


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Testimony in the trial of an almost three-year-old murder case continued Wednesday in Virginia Beach.

The focus inside the courtroom was what suspect Jacquan Wilson said in the days following the death of 18-year-old Bryant Cueto.

Wilson was 17 at the time. Officers pulled him out of school and took him to headquarters for questioning.

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On Wednesday, the jury heard much of the five-hour interrogation.

Homicide detective John Allen testified Wilson was not telling the truth at first, but then the story changed.

Wilson admitted he had his girlfriend drive him, along with his friend Andarion McInnis, to the Applebee’s on General Booth Boulevard on May 1, 2016.

Wilson told police he had bought Xanax a couple days before from Cueto. He said he know Cueto had plenty more pills, and planned to take them from Cueto.

Cueto was in a friend’s car at the Applebees. Police say Wilson got in the back seat and when Cueto refused to hand over the pills, Wilson fired one shot.

The jury heard Wilson tell detectives that the shooting was an accident and he was worried about how much time he would spend in prison.

Wilson went on to say that used a .38 Special revolver and that he threw the gun into a river. That gun was never recovered.

Cueto was shot once in the back. He died before getting to the hospital.

McInnis was convicted of robbery in 2017. He is serving 28 years in prison. 

Testimony is expected to last the next couple days. 

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