Lalone Initially Told Police He Had Nothing To Do With Sosa Slaying

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Nathan Lalone told police shortly after the murder of Christian Sosa in 2011 that he had nothing to do with the shooting, it was testified at his trial in Criminal Court.

The police interrogation tape was played for the jury Wednesday morning. In the tape, Lalone said that his friends Blakelen "Blake" Adams and Tyler Conrad had been the ones discussing harming Mr. Sosa.

According to the state, the 19-year-old Sosa and his girlfriend, Meghan Bennett, drove to the Apison Park tennis courts to meet up with Tyler Conrad and "do some drugs" on Nov.

11, 2011.

However, when they arrived in Ms. Bennett's car, someone immediately started shooting at the passenger side door, killing Sosa almost instantly. Ms. Bennett was also shot twice, but managed to drive the car away.

In Lalone's police interview, he said that he was angry at the victim at the time because he had stolen one of the defendant's guns. Still, Lalone said in 2011, "I never wished death upon him for stealing my gun."

He said of Adams and Conrad, "They're trying to put this on me because they're best friends." At that time, Adams and Conrad had both been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. However, charges against Adams have been dismissed and Conrad died in 2013.

 Lalone described Conrad as a "junkie" who had formerly lived in a "halfway house in Alabama."

 Adams testified as a witness on Wednesday morning. He admitted that before his original police interview, he had taken multiple pills of the anti-anxiety medication Klonopin, a benzodiazepine.

 During his interrogation, he also said he did not kill Sosa. He said he had not seen him in "months and months and months."

 On the video, he also called Sosa "retarded" and said the victim was "always walking around with guns."

 Two TBI agents said that no blood or gunshot residue was found on the items collected and identified as belonging to Lalone.

 When questioned by defense attorney Kevin Loper, Special Agent Gregory Fort said that the hands and clothing of Adams and Conrad had not been swabbed.

 Late Wednesday, a friend of the young men, Sabrina Lovett, said she had been hanging out with Adams, Conrad and Lalone earlier on the day of the murder. She said she also saw Lalone after the time of the incident.

 Ms. Lovett said, "He said he 'hit him in the dome' or somebody 'hit him in the dome' or he 'wanted to go home.' I think it was that he 'hit him in the dome.'"

 However, she said earlier that day, Adams, not the defendant, had a confrontation with Sosa at a gas station. She described him as seeming to be angry after that.

She said the last she heard from Lalone before the murder was that he was going "to meet some girl Tori. He was talking to her on the phone."

In Ms. Lovett's original police tape, she hesitated to talk at first because she was afraid of "ratting out" the others. She said she had sworn not to talk.

The trial is in the courtroom of Judge Rebecca Stern. 


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