Testimony will resume Tuesday in the trial of a Mason family accused of luring a woman to their trailer and attempting to chop off her fingers with garden pruners.
Gerald Moore, 50, his daughter Shena Moore, 24, and her boyfriend John Gulley, 32, each face up to 19 years in prison if convicted of felonious assault and kidnapping charges in the May 5 incident.
Jurors heard testimony Monday from the victim in the case, Brittany Rager, who testified Shena Moore invited her to the Mason mobile home she shares with her father and Gulley in the 700 block of Reading Road under the pretense of repairing their friendship.
The two longtime friends had become estranged after Rager accused Moore’s boyfriend, John Gulley, of sending her lewd text messages.
Shortly after arriving at the Moore residence, Rager told the jury a 450-pound Gerald Moore struck her with his cane while a 350-pound Shena Moore and Gulley began punching her.
Gulley then held her down while Shena Moore tried to chop off her fingers with loppers, a type of long-handled garden pruners, while Gerald Moore coached the two on, Rager testified.
During the struggle, Gulley allegedly struck her in the forehead with the pruning shears, for which she required stitches, Rager said.
In opening arguments, defense attorneys accused Rager of being the aggressor in the incident and told jurors the Moores defended themselves against a “belligerent” Rager who forcibly entered their home and struck Gerald Moore.
“You can’t attack someone in their home,” said Daniel Getty, the attorney representing Shena Moore.
Gerald and Shena Moore are expected to testify in the trial, which is expected to wrap up Tuesday.