Survivor of Woodland triple murder case takes the stand

Brent Luyster appears in court on October 26, 2017 - KATU image

The trial for the man accused of murdering three people in Woodland, Wash. and critically injuring a fourth started in a Clark County courtroom on Wednesday morning.

Brent Luyster, a known white supremacist, is accused of shooting and killing Joseph Mark LaMar, Zachary David Thompson and Janell Renee Knight on July 15, 2016.

A fourth person, Breanne Leigh, was critically injured when she was shot in the jaw. She took the stand on Wednesday to testify in the case.

“The look on his face will forever be ingrained in my head,” Leigh said, identifying Luyster as the shooter.

Leigh says she was hanging out with Luyster, her husband Thompson, and their two other friends LeMar and Knight at a mobile home on NW 417th Street.

She told the jury Luyster was acting odd that night, paranoid that the "feds" were coming for him on another case out of Cowlitz County.

Luyster was outside the home with the two other men when she says she heard gunfire.

"I woke up in a pool of my own blood," Leigh said. She continued, saying that her first thought was of "my kids ... I didn't want them not to have a mom."

According to court records, Leigh crawled away from the shooting scene and got a ride to a nearby convenience store.

Arriving officers said they found LaMar and Thompson deceased in the driveway. Knight was found dead in the home.

Police say Luyster’s then girlfriend, 27-year-old Andrea Sibley, drove him away from the scene. After a large-scale manhunt, law enforcement took him into custody on Ocean Beach Highway.

Deputies arrested Luyster two months before the fatal shooting on assault and several counts of felon in possession of a firearm after they say he pistol-whipped his ex-girlfriend.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE - Trial set to begin for triple murder suspect: 'Whether we win or not, we are losing'

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off