CAMBRIDGE — The victim of a Dec. 28 home invasion in Galva that resulted in two people being shot testified on Thursday that the incident was related to money the suspect owed him.
Otha Anderson, 24, of Galva, is charged in Henry County Circuit Court with two counts Class X felony home invasion, Class 3 felony felon possession/use a firearm and Class 3 felony possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.
His bench trial before Judge Richard Zimmer began last week.
The victim, Dustin Brock,said he and Mr. Anderson had been on bad terms because of $1,200 to $1,700 he had loaned Mr. Anderson. He said he had someone take a set of tire rims belonging to Mr. Anderson as collateral, planning to sell them if Mr. Anderson didn't repay him.
He said four days before the home invasion, he told Mr. Anderson he would return the rims if he repaid him, and Mr. Anderson allegedly said something like "I'll get you" or "we'll be back."
On the night of the home invasion, Mr. Brock said he went to answer the door, someone kicked it, and he began struggling with two men, and then another man entered. All were wearing masks, he said.
He said one of the men had a silver revolver, and he "knew something was going to happen." He said that from the ground he fired one shot with his own .40-caliber pistol, then got shot himself in the left hand and chest, before firing two more shots towards the person he believed to be Mr. Anderson.
He said he and his 2-year-old son were the only ones at home at the time, and he feared for their lives.
Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th Masonic District of Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle. 1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.