Victim testifies in day one of Officer Joel Greenway trial

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Monday marked the first day of what’s expected to be a weeklong trial for Henrico Police Officer Joel Greenway in the shooting of Kimberly McNeil outside an Exxon gas station on Nine Mile Road last December.

In the opening statements, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Henrico Shannon Taylor told the jury this case is about the “reasonableness” of Officer Greenway’s actions the night of December 15, 2015.

The victim, Kimberly McNeil, who was shot multiple times by Officer Greenway, was the third to take the stand.

She testified that Officer Greenway knocked on the passenger side window with a “blunt” object, saying “roll down the window.”

McNeil says she didn’t comply because Greenway never identified himself as a police officer and said the next thing she remembered was being shot.

McNeil said she didn’t realize Greenway was an officer until she was shot the second time, and able to see through the broken window.

She testified that while Officer Greenway’s gun was pointed in her face, she asked him why he was shooting and asked not to be shot again.

She said that’s when she raised her arm to shield her face, and was shot again, pointing to her wrist.

McNeil went on to say that she was shot again in the back of the head as her then boyfriend Robert Davis was pulling away from the Exxon.

Previous reports say the car that McNeil was riding in drove off as Officer Greenway approached, but McNeil refuted that claim saying, “The car did not move, that man shot me first.”

It also came out during McNeil’s testimony that she’d had a history with crack-cocaine and had used earlier that day.

The defense attempted to discredit McNeil’s testimony, pointing to her brain injury following the shooting and gaps in her recollection of exactly what happened that night.

Tomorrow a toxicologist will testify in the case.

McNeil is also suing Officer Greenway for $75 million in damages, which defense attorneys say could be reason for McNeil to fabricate her story.

McNeil’s attorneys declined to comment.

Officer Greenway is charged with malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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