Kathy "K.C." Bouland knows exactly who shot her, she told a jury Tuesday.
She said it was her ex-boyfriend, Bradley Morris, who is on trial in Mayfield for charges connected to the Dec. 6, 2017, shooting at an apartment complex at South Ninth and West Oak streets.
"Were you sure he was the shooter that day?" Graves County Commonwealth Attorney Richie Kemp asked during her testimony.
"No doubt in my mind," she said.
Tuesday was the first day of Morris' trial. It is expected to continue through Thursday. Morris faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and tampering with physical evidence.
Kemp and assistant commonwealth attorney Aimee Clymer-Hancock are prosecuting the case. Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy attorneys Cirris Hatfield and Jeanné Carroll represent Morris.
In his opening statement, Kemp said both Bouland and her friend, Amy Huntley, were sure about Morris' identity, and that others saw a man fitting Morris' description wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.
"K.C. is going to tell you during that period that the defendant sent a text message to her threatening to kill her," Kemp told the jury.
Minutes before the shooting, Gary, a man living at the apartment, answered the door to find the man in the blue hooded sweatshirt asking for Bouland and saying "You tell K.C. when I see her I've got something for her," while gesturing as though he had a gun in his pocket, Kemp said.
The defense attorneys reserved their right to have an opening argument later in the trial and also did not question prosecutors' first witness, Mayfield police Officer Tom Kimbro, the first officer who responded to the scene. Hatfield did have questions for Bouland, asking why she referred to a person in a green shirt in a statement taken more than a month after the shooting and why she told an investigator working for the defense that Morris was wearing a T-shirt and possibly a windbreaker.
Hatfield asked if Bouland could remember now, nearly two years after the shooting, what her attacker was wearing that day.
"I can't say for certain," Bouland said.
Hatfield also seemed to question how well Huntley, Bouland's friend, knew Morris. Kemp told the jury she initially identified him in a police statement as Bradley Thomas, but later corrected the name. Bouland said in her testimony Tuesday afternoon that she, Huntley and Morris never hung out together.
Hatfield also asked if Bouland had told investigators who the SUV driver was and if she told an investigator that she had turned her phone with the threatening text message she said she got from Morris over to investigators. Bouland said she was confused about what information she told to which person and that she had two phones. One was turned over to investigators, but the other was in her purse and was lost after a friend took it following the shooting, she said.
At times during her testimony, Bouland's voice broke with tears. She said she went to visit her friend Carrie Williams at the apartment complex, but her son, Gary, said Williams had gone shopping. Instead of leaving, Bouland went around to the back of the complex to visit another friend while waiting, she said.
Not long after, she said, Gary went around back and told her the man in the blue hooded sweatshirt had come looking for her.
Williams had returned, and Bouland was standing outside of the apartment when a sport utility vehicle pulled up.
"Bradley Morris jumps out of the back, shooting at me," Bouland testified.
She said she recognized him immediately and yelled his name, trying to get him to stop shooting.
"One of the bullets hit me in my leg, in my left leg, in the calf area," she said.
She ran into the apartment, pushing Williams' boyfriend out of the way and telling him to run upstairs and out of the line of fire, she said, but she said Morris followed her inside.
"He runs in after me while shooting," she said.
The second shot caught her in the shoulder, she said.
Bouland said she then locked herself in the bathroom to get away from Morris.
"I kneeled down and barricaded myself where he couldn't get in," she said.
She said he fired twice through the door, and the second shot struck her right knee. She said she heard continued clicks of the gun afterward and thinks Morris ran out of bullets but was still trying to fire.
Huntley came out of the kitchen and told Morris that he "got her," and Morris ran out, she said. Afterward, Bouland said, she came out of the bathroom.
"I took about four steps from the bathroom and collapsed in the floor," she said.
She said she asked Huntley to call 911.
Additional testimony and evidence Tuesday included that from Kimbro, who said Bouland told him Morris shot her, and a recording from his body camera, along with photos he took of the bullet holes in the bathroom door, shell casings and slugs and blood spattered in the apartment.
Bouland was treated at Jackson Purchase Medical Center before being flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennesee, for treatment, she said. She said she spent four days in the hospital but was lucky because the shots hit her extremities, so no organs were damaged, and all of the shots missed her bones. Kemp had her show the scars from all three gunshot wounds to the jury.