The defense rested just after noon Monday in the civil trial brought against Austin police by the family of Byron Carter Jr.
Before lawyers for the police wrapped up their case, a man who was in the neighborhood on the night Carter was killed by a police gunfire testified that Carter's friend banged on his car door after the shooting pleading for a ride.
Donald Graves Jr. said he was parked near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Interstate 35 on May 30, 2011, when Lee Webb approached him saying he had just been robbed. Webb, who was 16 at the time, was wounded when Officer Nathan Wagner shot several rounds into the car that he and Carter were in.
Graves did not give Webb a ride, and police found the teenager later at Disch Falk Field a few blocks away. Graves was the first witness in Monday's civil trial brought against Wagner and the Austin Police Department by Carter's family.
Lawyers from the defense in the federal proceeding used the testimony to show that Webb, now 18, did not call police or get himself to the hospital that night.
Also testifying Monday morning was Austin medic Edwin Reyes, who treated Webb for his gunshot wound. Reyes said that Webb told him a police officer had shot him. That contradicts Webb's own testimony last week that he did not realize that he and Carter had been followed by police that night.
Court adjourned after the defense rested. Closing arguments are expected to start and finish Tuesday and then the case goes to the jury.
The Carter family is seeking $1.5 million in damages.
In-Depth: Timeline of events that night
The incident that led to the shooting began when Wagner and his partner, Officer Jeffrey Rodriguez, were on bike patrol in Downtown Austin investigating car burglaries on a "spotter operation."
Wagner testified last week that he and his partner went up Eighth Street looking to see if cars were burglarized -- not expecting to come across the men.
"We were there because that area is a high-crime area," said Wagner.
He said he was surprised to see them, and Carter and his friend, Lee Webb, were reportedly looking into cars as though they were going to steal them.
Wagner said Carter and Webb were walking together and looking around in all directions pretty quickly, making the officers suspicious.
Wagner said the then-16-year-old driver, Webb, eventually tried to run over his partner, so he opened fire -- killing Carter.
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