Prosecution Expected to Wrap Up Highway Shooter Case

The prosecution in the trial of accused “Highway Shooter” Charles McCoy Junior is expected to rest today. During testimony on Monday, two witnesses identified the defendant as the man they saw on two separate overpasses in early 2004. And the defendant’s parents testified about finding McCoy’s guns and later giving them to police.

Four witnesses described near misses as they were traveling Central Ohio Interstates in early 2004. Pickerington school secretary Cheryl Shreyer says she was northbound on I-71 in Fayette County on February 8th, 2004 when she told the jury: “I was shot at.” Douglas Berry of Mansfield says he also was northbound on I-71 on February 8th when he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He stopped his car and noticed a “bullet hole in the hood. Berry was also the first witness to identify the defendant from the witness stand. He was questioned by assistant prosecutor Doug Stead.

Later, Terry Blosser of Zanesville says he was westbound on Interstate 70 in Licking County when he saw a person firing a weapon at eastbound traffic. And he told assistant prosecutor Ed Morgan he recognized the gunman after he saw a picture of suspect Charles McCoy

Prosecutors say some of the questions asked of witnesses on Monday were intended to show that Charles McCoy junior was shooting at people and not just firing at random.Late in the day, McCoy’s parents took the witness stand. His mother, Ardith McCoy, says she found two shotguns and a pistol in the house in late 2003 and called her ex-husband, Charles McCoy senior to have them removed. In February of 2004, Ardith McCoy says she heard a sound coming from Charles McCoy junior’s downtstairs bedroom.

Ardith McCoy says she again called her ex-husband to remove the disassembled gun. But this time, she and her son Charles junior, delivered the gun to his father’s house.Prosecutor Ron O’Brien questioned Ardith McCoy about that trip.

Ballistics tests later linked the disassembled baretta handgun to the 12 shootings in the indictment against McCoy. McCoy has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys say he failed to understand the difference between right and wrong because he is a paranoid schizophrenic. The defense is expected to open its case on Thursday.