Murder Trial: Friend testifies that Desmond Harris, victim were couple; Harris was aggressive

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The best friend of Jeffery "Jaylow" McGlory, who was 29 at the time, told jurors at the second-degree murder trial for Desmond Harris, 22 of Alexandria, that Harris was "overprotective and aggressive" toward McGlory leading up to the shooting.

Jeffery "Jaylow" McGlory's mother, sister and best friend wear matching shirts with McGlory's image on them to the first day of the murder trial for Desmond Harris. | Photo Source: KALB

Harris is charged with second-degree murder. If convicted in the Aug. 2017 fatal shooting on Monroe Street, he faces an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Harris and McGlory had just moved into a duplex on Monroe Street about a week before the shooting took place, according to the landlord at the property, as well as a neighbor. That neighbor, Latasha Forte, said in just a brief amount of time, she frequently heard the two arguing.

During the day of the shooting, Forte told the court that she heard Harris and McGlory arguing and then heard "two pops" and didn't think anything of it at first, that's until a bloody McGlory showed up to her door telling her to call the police. McGlory, who never identified the shooter, died before first responders could get there.

Detectives with the Alexandria Police Department told the court that they recovered two bullets, as McGlory was shot two times, and three bullet casings. A weapon was never found. Shortly before the shooting, Harris placed a call to his landlord, upset, and told her, "He said I want her to leave. I wasn't sure who 'her' was. I said the best course of action was to call the police."

After the shooting, investigators "pinged" Harris's cellphone and tracked him down to his sister's home on Irish Lane where was hiding in a closet. He requested an attorney immediately and never spoke to the police.

But, it was McGlory's best friend, Kenyetta Ford, who gave the most insight into what the couple's relationship was like. She told the court that the two had lived with her for a few weeks and that the relationship was rocky.

"He (Desmond) was overprotective...aggressive," she said. "They would get into arguments. Desmond Harris would get into arguments with Jaylow."

Ford said the day after the shooting and Harris's arrest, she received a letter from him from behind bars. In that letter, he wrote, "I'm sorry for how this played out." He also proclaimed his innocence, asked for a copy of the obituary, and wanted her to go to detectives and "tell them I didn't do that." While his defense has been self-defense, at no time in the letter did he say that McGlory attacked him.

Harris's attorney, Glenn Cortello, objected multiple times throughout the trial, sometimes with no clear reasoning for the objection. At two points, he called for a mistrial - once when an Alexandria Police Department officer was explaining the process of obtaining a search warrant, and another as Ford testified about the arguing she witnessed. Judge Mary Doggett found no grounds to proceed with his request.

Testimony will continue on Thursday. There's no word yet on if Harris will testify. The case is being prosecuted by Cheryl Carter.

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