Brothers on Trial for Shooting Boy

7-13-04 - The case of two Love County brothers on trial for shooting with the intent to kill will go the jury for deliberation on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday marked day two of the trial of Rickey Rawlins Junior and Kenneth Rawlins. Both men are accused of opening fire on a process server’s pickup in April of 2003, and hitting a young boy inside. Jacob Ayers was hit in the head, but survived.

Tuesday, the jury heard testimony from Jacob's family members, police officers who worked the case, and ballistics experts.

The Rawlins brothers took the stand in their own defense, claiming they only fired upon the pickup truck in self-defense.

Both prosecutors and defense attorney's rested the case late this afternoon.

The Rawlins’ father, Rickey Rawlins Sr., was found guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a firearm last year. He was sentenced to one year in the Love County jail.