As Amy McGee was being driven out to a remote area near Wapato, she started touching the inside of the Chevrolet Tahoe.
“I was touching everything I could in case I needed to leave some evidence that I was in the car,” McGee said in Yakima County Superior Court on Wednesday. “I could sense something was going to happen.”
McGee told jurors how Freddy Munoz Razo and Daniel Perez walked her out into brush and shot her once in the head and left her for dead.
Razo, 44, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2016 shooting.
Perez pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 17 years in prison last year.
A passing motorist spotted McGee in the 500 block of Flint Road on June 6, 2016, five days after she was shot. She said the gunshot left her with no peripheral vision, as well as difficulty reading and understanding numbers.
She required assistance walking into and out of Judge Michael McCarthy’s courtroom.
McGee said she had met Perez and Razo at a drug house in Yakima, where they would smoke methamphetamine together. On the night of May 31, 2016, the men forced her into the SUV and drove her around the area looking for someone, she testified.
“I just knew in my gut that something was wrong,” McGee said. She was able to call someone the next morning to drive her to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Yakima office to report the incident to the agents she worked with as an informant.
The agents, she said, told her to report it to the Yakima police, but when she went to the police department, she was spooked by someone staring at her and left before she could talk to an officer.
She said Razo and Perez found her walking around Yakima looking for a phone to borrow and took her back to the house, where she said Razo beat her with his fists and a pillowcase she believed was filled with rocks.
Then she was driven out to the area off Flint Road. On the drive out, McGee found one of the men’s cellphones and called 911, but the men took the phone and pulled the battery from it when they heard the operator on the line, she said.
At Flint Road, she was marched up an embankment and through some brush. Perez made her bend over while ordering Razo and another man to shoot her, McGee said. When they refused, Perez shot her in the head.
“I told myself I was going to live or die,” McGee said. “I decided to play dead. I held my breath while they were poking and kicking me.”
She said she tried walking to find a house or some other place, but her vision was obscured.
Defense attorney Scott Bruns challenged McGee’s account, pointing out she could not remember how many days she was wandering around after being shot but could recall other incidents.
But on redirect questioning from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Julia Davis, McGee said she could remember some things clearly, such as being beaten by Razo and being shot in the back of the head. She stared at Razo as she identified him as one of her attackers
The trial, which began Monday, is scheduled for two weeks, but McCarthy said jurors could possibly get the case by Friday.