Mother of Murder Victim Testifies in McCray Trial

March 29, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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March 29, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The mother of the man who traveled with Riccardo McCray from Charlotte, N.C. to Buffalo and then was killed in a drive-by shooting weeks later angrily testified this morning in McCray's murder trial.

Carlotta Lester said she blamed police for her son's death.

Ahmen Lester, 34, of Charlotte, was fatally gunned down in a drive-by shooting on E. Ferry Street in Buffalo on Sept. 10, 2010, in what police at the time described as possible retaliation for the City Grill massacre.

Ahmen Lester helped McCray return to Buffalo, traveling in a car owned by Haywood Ticking.

Ticking, 24, of Charlotte, testified on Monday that that trio drove ten hours straight from North Carolina to the Queen City on Aug. 25, 2010.

Ms. Lester appeared in court Tuesday morning shackled and handcuffed after being arrested in Atlanta and brought to Buffalo against her will to testify.

"They killed my son up here for trying to do a good deed," Ms. Lester said. "I'm upset! I'm upset!"

"The police is the ones that got my child killed," Ms. Lester continued before she was allowed to leave court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

Ms. Lester repeatedly denied that she saw McCray at her Charlotte home in August.

"You're telling me under oath that never happened?" Bargnesi asked Ms. Lester.

"No," she replied.

"They're trying to make me say something that's not true," Ms. Lester said under questioning by McCray's defense attorney Joseph Terranova, who asked Lester why prosecutors brought her to Buffalo against her will.