Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Sole Eyewitness

Judge John Ramsey Johnson issued a bench warrant Tuesday after a murder witness failed to appear in court.

Misty Gibson is the only person who claims to have seen Sandy Greene’s murder on April 30, 2012.

According to charging documents, Gibson saw Andre Miles
— who she knew by the nicknames “Pit” or “Pug” — walk up to Greene with a silver semi-automatic handgun and shoot him six times.

But when she was called on the stand last Monday, Gibson refused to testify and was held in contempt of court.

Gibson was released Friday on the condition that she agreed to testify.

Gibson did appear before the court Monday, but because defense attorney Billy Ponds was out sick, Judge Johnson continued her testimony until Tuesday—a decision that the prosecution fought.

When Gibson didn’t show on Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Leibman requested an arrest warrant.

Before ruling, Judge Johnson told the court, “I’ve been reluctant to use power of the court with her because I thought it would be counterproductive.”

But Leibman said he thought that putting Gibson in contempt “had a very positive effect.”

Leibman said he believes it is likely that Gibson will testify Wednesday morning.

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