VB Applebee’s murder trial: Prosecutors rest case after victim’s friend takes stand

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The prosecution has rested its case against Jacquan Wilson, who’s accused of killing 18-year-old Bryant Cueto outside a Virginia Beach Applebee’s on May 1, 2016.

On Thursday, Cueto’s best friend, Ryan Umstot, was on the stand like he was back in 2017 when he testified against Andarion McInnis.

Umstot told the court Cueto asked him to drive to General Booth Boulevard.

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He said they pulled into the parking lot at the Applebee’s, and Cueto got out of the car and met some other people. When he came back, he had a giant pack of Xanax in his pocket.

Several minutes later, McInnis and Wilson walked up to the car. 

Prosecutors say Cueto was texting Wilson and agreed to sell him pills for $350.

Umstot said Wilson got in the backseat and McInnis stood leaning in the driver’s side window. 

At some point, Umstot said McInnis said “pop him,” and that’s when Wilson fired.

Cueto was shot in the left shoulder.

Umstot went on to tell the jury that Wilson reached into the front seat and grabbed the bag of Xanax before running away with McInnis. 

Defense attorneys are going to argue that Umstot’s testimony was not credible. 

Umstot admitted Thursday on the stand that he lied to police the night Cueto was shot. He said he wanted to cover for his friend.

He told police Cueto lived in Virginia Beach and not Chesapeake, and he didn’t say anything about the Xanax. Umstot came clean to police the next day.

The jury could get the case sometime Friday.

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