Driver: Fatal Shot Sounded Like Popping Balloon

The woman at the wheel of a car when her passenger was killed by a sniper’s bullet says the shot sounded like a popping balloon.

Mary Cox was driving along Interstate 270 in Columbus when her friend Gail Knisley was shot and killed on November 25th, 2003.

She is testifying today in the trial of Charles McCoy Junior, the man charged in a string of 12 highway shootings, including the one that killed Knisley.

Prosecutors also are playing the 911 tape made when Cox called police from her cell phone.

Cox testified they heard a loud pop, and then Knisley asked her ‘What was that?’ Cox says Knisley then slumped toward her, but her seat belt kept her in her seat.

McCoy has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges.

The 29-year-old Columbus man could face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder in Knisley’s death.To hear Mary Cox’s testimony click the Listen icon.

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