Published: November 7, 2013
Adam Encalade and his younger brother were looking for fun the night they hopped in a car and headed to a friend's apartment.
Instead, they found trouble.
When gunfire erupted at a party they attended in east Colorado Springs, Adam Encalade, 27, was hit in the abdomen by a bullet that lodged in his back - a wound that would paralyze him.
His brother, Andrew, 20, died of a bullet that hit his heart.
They were among four men shot - two fatally - in an apparent gang-related attack Jan. 24, 2012, outside the Timberlane Apartments, 3985 E. Bijou St.
"My brother had better things to do with his life - he had a baby," Adam Encalade told a jury through tears Wednesday, testifying from his wheelchair during the trial of the man Encalade identified in court as the shooter, Alonzo "BabyWiz" Paige.
Prosecutors rested their case at the end of the day's testimony, after putting on more than a week of evidence. The focus of the double-murder trial now turns to the defense, which intends to put on a case that will last at least two days, attorney Phil Dubois said.
Paige, 21, has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.
During opening statements last week, prosecutors essentially accused Paige of bringing a gun to a fistfight, saying he resorted to deadly violence when tensions flared after Paige flirted with another man's girlfriend.
Paige's attorneys say he fired in self-defense. Just before shots were fired, they say, Paige's friend had been knocked out by a punch, and Paige expected further violence from the men he shot, whom the defense called members of a rival gang sect.
Adam Encalade downplayed the fight in his testimony, saying that he anticipated that once it was over, everyone would go back to being "friends." He said no one besides Paige was armed.
"We wasn't looking for trouble," he said. "We was looking for fun."
During cross-examination, Dubois pointed out that Encalade previously acknowledged there had been fighting at the party over "colors," or gang affiliations, and that Encalade picked out another man's mug shot in identifying the shooter from his hospital bed.
The witness, who denied being in a gang, said he didn't recall some of the statements he made while on pain medication and added that he was struggling with news of his brother's death.
"It's too much what's going on," he said at one point, struggling to keep his composure as relatives and supporters quietly wept in the gallery.
"I can't get this thing out of my head. It just keeps going in my head."
Testimony will resume at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.