Witness: Gunshot followed car spat

Plea of not guilty entered in killing

Staff WriterAugust 5, 2008 

— The daughter of a man facing a murder charge told a Wake jury Monday that her father was upset with her boyfriend for not helping fix a car, causing the fight that led to the younger man's shooting.

Anthony "A.J." Devon Judd, 19, died after the November 2007 shooting in the Clifford family's yard outside Zebulon. Warren Charles Clifford, 45, the father of Camille Clifford, is facing a maximum charge of first-degree murder, which could carry a life sentence.

Clifford has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Butch Williams, told jurors that his client acted in self-defense in the hope that the jury will acquit him.

Camille Clifford, now 22, said her father and boyfriend had started a heated argument the evening of Nov. 10 after her father took issue with Judd not helping repair the 1981 Subaru the couple shared. Judd, who lived with Camille Clifford in Wilson, stopped by her family's Zebulon home to pick up a key from her before returning to Wilson.

The argument heated up quickly, with Warren Clifford repeatedly telling Judd to leave before Clifford went inside the home and came out with a gun, Camille Clifford said.

Judd demanded to see his 2-month-old son, Anthony Devon Judd Jr., who was inside the home, before Clifford fired a single shot and hit the teenager, fatally wounding him.

"I didn't realize it had happened until he fell over," Camille Clifford said.

She has since moved back to the Zebulon home where her father is staying after making a $200,000 bond set by a Wake district court judge. Warren Clifford wiped tears from his face as his daughter testified for Wake prosecutors Monday.

Another witness to the shooting, Judd's aunt, also described the scene to jurors. She was driving Judd to Wilson and got out of the car to see what was happening when she heard Camille Clifford yelling, "No, Daddy!"

Adrian Michelle Champion said she didn't see her nephew threaten or push Warren Clifford before the older man shot him. She turned her head to avoid seeing her nephew getting shot and ran to the back of house with Warren Clifford's wife, who remarked that the aunt shouldn't have brought Judd by the home.

Champion said she then dashed to a neighbor's home to call police.

"That man just shot my nephew," she said she told the neighbors.

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