Kareem Gilbert, who avoided a potential sentence of life in prison last year by agreeing to testify against his dad in a murder case, shocked prosecutors Wednesday when he recanted and said Dad killed no one.
"That was all a lie," Gilbert, 18, testified Thursday in the murder case of his dad, Ruben Jordan.
"I just made all that stuff up. ... I was facing double life."
It started Oct. 16, 2008, when Gilbert - then age 16 - got into an argument with Brian Austin. After Austin hit Gilbert with a meatball sandwich, Gilbert shot Austin to death. A witness to the killing, Victor Davis, ran off but was so convinced he would be killed to silence him that he told his family what clothes to put on him for his funeral.
Two weeks later, on Oct. 31, 2008, Davis was shot and killed in Over-the-Rhine.
Originally, police charged Gilbert with both homicides, but at a May 18, 2010, plea deal, Gilbert pleaded guilty to killing Austin and was given an 18-year prison sentence.
To try to counteract Gilbert's change of story, Shanahan played for the jury a May 17, 2010, statement Gilbert gave police a day before he accepted the plea deal.
In the recording, Gilbert gave intricate, detailed information about how he and his dad cruised Over-the-Rhine looking for Davis in the early morning of Halloween 2008. He watched, his recorded statement noted, as Jordan got out of the car to talk to Davis but instead shot him to death.
"Next thing I know, he (Jordan) pulled out a .38 and just started shooting," Gilbert said in the recorded statement.
"He left off like three or four" shots, Gilbert added.
Gilbert was so scared that his father might hurt him, he stayed in the car and waited for his dad, he said on tape.
"I was wondering if he was going to end up popping me or something," Gilbert told police.
Gilbert explained Wednesday, though, that he lied to police about his dad's involvement because he was upset his dad never was active in his life.