The woman charged in the Domanic Thrasher murder took the witness stand this morning to testify against co-defendant Blayne Brooks.
21 year old Whitney O’Brien said she was not promised any deals for her testimony against Brooks. She described how she set up a marijuana sale with Thrasher, and that the third defendant, Justin Love decided to come with her and Brooks because he was suspicious of Thrasher, and did not think Brooks and O’Brien were quote “scary enough” to make the deal.
She said she has know Brooks since she was 15 when they were at Rider High School. O’Brien said she worked as a stripper and served as the middle man for Love and Brooks on marijuana deals.
She said the two men made about 2 trips a week to Colorado to pick up marijuana. She said when they met Thrasher on June 2, 2015 he got in their vehicle and love handed him a bag and Thrasher jumped out and tried to run.
She said she grabbed his shirt but he wiggled out and Love yelled for Brooks to shoot him. She said Brooks fired 7 shots, and the first one spun thrasher around. The autopsy report stated Thrasher was shot 3 times.
After the shooting she said Brooks bragged about what difficult shot he had made. She also said Brooks was upset that Love had not fired any shots, because he would face the harshest punishment if arrested.
She also said Love told her he would not want to be her if she talked to police and he was arrested. She said he also warned her not to get out of the car or they’d shoot her too.
After the shooting they went to Love’s home and she said the three began disposing of evidence with the help of Loves wife.
Testimony highlights today:
-O’brien graduated from rider in 2013, met Blayne Brooks in algebra class.
-She lived with boyfriend Hayden Swaggerty and they were middle men for drug sales and Love and Brooks who picked it up in marijuana in Colorado, usually 4-6 pounds twice a week.
-She testified she is still dating Swaggerty.
-Marijuana and cash was kept in safe in Justin and Tamilyn’s house. They had three children under 8 years old.
-Deal with Thrasher made for about $500. She would get $100.
-Brooks warned Thrasher not to mess around in the deal.
-He was suspicious because Thrasher was trying to haggle on the price.
-Love drove, Brooks was in passnger seat, O’Brien was in back seat.
-When Trasher ran with the marijuana, OBien said Lve yelled “shoot him Bayne!”
-She said when she turned after picking up the weed she saw Brooks with gun in hand, but Love did not have one.
-Love became very excited and sped off running through stop signs.
-Brooks told him to slow down and began picking up shell casings. Said Brooks groaned when Love told him he did not fire any shots at Thrasher.
-O’Brien said she asked to be let out and Love said if she got out they’d shoot her.
-She said they bragged about the difficult shots Brooks made at that angle.
-They wondered if Thrasher was still alive and said they should have gone back to make sure.
-Went to Love’s house and began plotting coverup and how to get rid of evidence . Love’s wife Tamilyn helped them.
-They put the gun in can of paint and then planned to drop it in a lake.
-Brooks got haircut. Picked up red hair color for O’Brien.
-They started working on alibis. Love called his mom and told her if anyone asked to say he was home all day.
-They destroyed the phone used to make deal.
-Blayne told O’Brien he loved her.
-She told her roomates and Swaggerty what happened.
-Said she had three interviews with detectives and didn’t say what happened until the third one.
-She denied Brooks was her “sugar daddy.”