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 Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.