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Paralyzed victim testifies in murder trial against former security guard

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Fulton County sheriff's deputies helped Lauren Garcia, 24, maneuver her wheelchair into Superior Court Judge Amanda Lee's courtroom Tuesday.

Garcia was one of two shooting victims who testified in the murder trial against Nkosi Thandiwe, 23.

Garcia identified Thandiwe as the person who shot her. She is paralyzed from the waist down.

"I will not ever be able to walk again. This is as a result of being shot," said Garcia.

Thandiwe is accused of shooting and killing Brittany Watts, 26, while she was walking to her car in a parking deck on Crescent Avenue in Midtown on July 15, 2011.

Watts' body was found on the third floor of the deck after being shot in the neck. Prosecutors said Thandiwe stole Watts' car after he allegedly killed her.

Thandiwe is also accused of shooting Garcia and Tiffany Ferenczy, 24, while they were walking to a nearby restaurant on their lunch break.

"I just fell to the ground and landed on my stomach and kind of caught myself on my hands," said Garcia. "I realized that I couldn't move my legs, I couldn't walk and I couldn't feel my legs."

Garcia was shot in the torso, and Ferenczy was shot in the calf.

When Ferenczy took the witness stand, she told jurors she is still recovering from being shot. She said she was able to identify the man who shot her. She pointed to Thandiwe, who was sitting at a table with his attorneys.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a who-done-it. He turned himself in to the police six hours and 15 minutes after the shootings," said Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikosk.

Thandiwe was a security guard at the building where his alleged victims worked.

Dunikosk told jurors Thandiwe told detectives where he ditched Watts' stolen car. They arrested him and recovered the alleged murder weapon at his attorney's office.

Thandiwe's attorney asked jurors to keep an open mind as the state presented its case.

"Hold the state to their burden of proving each and every element beyond a reasonable doubt," said Wes Bryant.

Thandiwe is charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

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