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July 3, 2014

Childs testifies in his assault trial

ENID, Okla. — The trial of an Enid strip club owner accused of shooting a firearm at Enid police took a break after the defendant’s testimony.

Rick Andrew Childs, 46, testified before the trial halted. District Judge Paul Woodward ordered jurors to return for court at noon.

Childs is facing six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in relation to a July 7, 2013, incident on North Garland, during which he alleged fired a weapon at Enid Police Department Sgt. Nick John and officers Donald Sanders, Robert Fleer, Jonathan Sullens, Kyle Pierce and Sean Dyer.

Child was the fourth defense witness called Thursday. He told the court he had taken the drug Ambien the night of the incident and doesn’t remember any of it.

His attorney David Henneke, asked Childs about the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs that day. Childs said his health is too poor for either drugs or alcohol.

Childs testified he sleeps “erratically” because of his job and his health.

He said the last thing he remembered the night of July 7, 2013, was watching TV and eating ham and mashed potatoes.

He said the first thing he remembers from that morning was yelling.

“Hearing, ‘Move and you’re dead,’ It was fuzzy,” he testified. “I think I could hear someone yelling something about my family. It’s hazy.”

Henneke asked Childs if he remembered being struck.

“I think I remember someone hitting me in the head,” he said. “It’s hard to put it together.”

Childs testified he had no memory of riding his motorcycle, going onto a golf course, firing a gun, entering a pond or breaking his two cell phones.

Assistant District Attorney asked Childs if all the court had as far as evidence was his word he doesn’t remember the events of the night.

“Yes, ma’am,” he answered.

“Then it’s entirely possible you fired five shots at police officers,” Asai asked.

“I can’t say one way or the other,” Childs replied.

Asai had Childs read a post from Facebook in which he calls his treatment by police “Rodney King-ish” and states officers are “lower than maggots.” The post ends with a reference to “the next evolution.”

You wrote this, did you not,” Asai asked.

“I vaguely remember writing this,” Childs said.

The trial resumes at 12 p.m.

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