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2011 Weyers Cave Shooting Case Goes to Trial - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

2011 Weyers Cave Shooting Case Goes to Trial

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Wednesday, an Augusta County jury heard the case of a man accused in a shooting more than two years ago in Weyers Cave.

A special prosecutor from the attorney general's office rested his case after calling nine witnesses. He's trying to convince the jury that 21-year-old Jonathan "Chewey" Van shot a 19-year-old Staunton man during a fight between rival gangs. Van is charged with malicious wounding and using a firearm to commit a felony.

Investigators arrested Van after the shooting outside the Weyers Cave Community Center on February 26, 2011. Van attended a birthday party there. 

In court Wednesday, the prosecution described a parking lot melee after rival gang war cries sounded. The prosecutor says Van grabbed a gun from his car and shot the victim in his leg during the fight. That victim testified he didn't know who shot him. 

A witness from the party told the jury he saw Van with a pistol. Investigators later found a loaded .45 caliber Glock in a Penn Laird rooming house where Van was staying. 

A roommate testified Van appeared beaten and bloodied when he came back from the party and gave him the gun to hide before going to the hospital. 

Van's defense attorneys are building a case of self-defense. 

When asked if he shot the victim, Van said, "I don't think so. I don't know. I thought I was going to die."

The trial recessed Wednesday night and will continue Thursday.

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