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Driver Recounts Events on Night of Blades Shooting

June 12, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

All was fun the night of July 4 for brothers Brian and Bennie Blades--both NFL players--and their cousin Charles Blades, out for a round of partying.

Driver Mike Asher picked them up in a limousine at Brian's and Bennie's next-door townhouses in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suburb of Plantation. That was at 10:30 p.m., Asher said Tuesday, testifying in Brian Blades' manslaughter trial for the shooting death of Charles Blades that night.

Brian Blades, 30, is a receiver with the Seattle Seahawks; Bennie Blades is a safety with the Detroit Lions.

Ninety minutes after they headed out for the evening--the group was back in Plantation, in front of Bennie Blades' townhouse. They'd returned because Carol Jamerson--Bennie's former girlfriend and the mother of his daughter Amber, 3, was there, and she was angry. She wanted to discuss who would be taking care of Amber through the rest of the holiday weekend.

Bennie argued with Carol, shouting, and Brian stepped in to keep the peace.

"Brian was telling Bennie to go inside, that he'd take care of it," Asher recalled.

But Bennie rejected his older sibling's efforts, and the two ended up in a shoving match that left Brian on the ground.

That, Asher said, is when Brian threatened to get a gun and shoot Bennie.

Brian Blades "said he was going to show [Bennie]. He was going to get his gun and shoot him. He went in the direction of his townhouse," Asher testified.

Charles Blades died of a single gunshot wound suffered a short time later in a scuffle with Brian over a handgun.

Brian could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted on the manslaughter charge.


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