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Emotional testimony in trial for men accused of killing toddler

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New Orleans, La. - Nearly three years after 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon lost his life at 1st and Dryades in Central City, his grandmother took the stand in Orleans Criminal District Court describing that horrible day.

Joyce Galmon told jurors, "I heard like a balloon pop at first and then I heard numerous shots and the back glass of the car fell. I grabbed my grandson because he was standing up. I noticed he had blood in his face and mouth."

Jeremy Galmon was sitting in a parked car with his grandmother as a second line parade passed nearby. The toddler was struck by a stray bullet in a hail of gunfire.

Joyce Galmon told jurors, "I started screaming and hollering, 'Help, help, help.'"

She went on to say her son arrived within seconds and they turned little Jeremy over so he wouldn't choke on his own blood, but it was too late.

Two cousins, Bernel and Jamiron Pollard, are charged with second-degree murder and each are also charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

In opening statements, Bernel Pollard's attorney, Arthur Harris, told the jury, "The state is asking you to believe bogus evidence. There are some credibility issues here."

Prosecutors showed jurors pictures of the crime scene and even the blood-stained clothes Jeremy Galmon wore back in September 2010 when he was killed.

Several witnesses took the stand, including Galmon's mother, who was led from the courtroom in tears after her emotional testimony.

Detectives also testified to the more than 25 bullet casings found on the scene. 911 tapes were also played in open court.

Testimony continues on Thursday in Judge Robin Pittman's court.

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