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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.