OAKLAND -- Laron Logwood is no stranger to getting in trouble with the law.

The murder defendant, whose most recent crime was captured by a surveillance video camera, has been moving in and out of juvenile hall and jail since he was 14 years old.

Logwood, 36, has been in trouble for breaking a girl's jaw during a fight, attempting to rob a pizza shop with a gun and, among other crimes, leading police on a high-speed chase when he tried to avoid arrest for selling drugs.

That past, which also includes being shot at multiple times and being hit on two different occasions, made Logwood fear for his life, he claims, when he shot and killed Edwin Grady, 25, on July 16, 2009, after an argument over who was allowed to loiter in front of an East Oakland liquor store.

Logwood's attorney, William DuBois has even suggested that his client suffers from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that has caused him to have a heightened level of fear on the violent streets of Oakland.

But when questioned by deputy district attorney Tim Wellman on Wednesday, Logwood didn't appear as if he was a man mentally troubled by his experiences.

Instead, the Oakland native recounted his misdeeds as if he was retelling run-of-the-mill stories about embarrassing moments in his life.

Frequently smiling, and at times laughing, Logwood told of how he frequently found trouble, including a time when he was suspended from school for threatening a teacher if she did not give him a "C" grade so he could continue playing basketball.


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"Nah," Logwood said with a smile when he was asked if he threatened the teacher. "I guess the way I said it to her, she might have taken it in a threatening manner. I got a "C" anyway."

At another point, Logwood initially said he could not remember being arrested and convicted of leading police on high-speed chase but then suddenly said he did recall the event.

"Ohh, was that in 2004?" Logwood asked. "Yeah, I had a high-speed chase."

In addition to his nonchalant demeanor when answering questions about his criminal history, Logwood also had a matter-of-fact attitude when he discussed the shooting in which he fired a single bullet into Grady's chest.

Logwood admitted that Grady never pointed a gun at him and admitted that he gave Grady no warning before he turned his back to the man, pulled out his gun and then turned around and immediately fired a single shot, at point-blank range, into Grady.

While police did not find a gun on Grady when they responded to the shooting, Logwood said he was sure Grady had a gun. Yet, Logwood said he could not describe the gun or say what color it was because, he said, he only saw it through Grady's T-shirt.

"Describe it?" Logwood asked with confusion when the prosecutor asked him to describe Grady's gun. "How do I do that?"

Logwood said his fear of Grady began to build the moment he saw Grady drive past the liquor store in his white Infinity sport utility vehicle. That fear heightened, he said, when Grady parked the car, got out and began yelling at Logwood and his friends to leave the liquor store so he could sell drugs.

Yet, Logwood admitted, he never thought to leave the scene or tell his friends to leave, even though they had ample opportunity to do so.

And he admitted that he took efforts to conceal his crime as he "walked fast" to a friend's house to change his clothes and threw his gun and a hat he was wearing in some bushes along the way.

The case continues Thursday.