- Last Updated: 2:53 PM, August 7, 2012
- Posted: 2:22 PM, August 7, 2012
He never saw it coming.
A parole officer testifying against the parolee who shot him in 2010 said today that the attack happened so fast he didn’t even see his attacker.
Robert "Poison" Morales, 52, is accused of blasting his parole officer, Samuel Salters, in the shoulder during a visit to his downtown Brooklyn office.
"The event happened so quickly I can’t say whether I saw him," Salters said in Brooklyn Supreme Court. "I can remember falling to the ground … I can remember I couldn’t get up."
Salters also said Morales was a model parolee – up until the grizzled ex-con allegedly blasted him with a 9mm handgun.
"I did not see Mr. Morales as a parolee that made any red flags to me," Salters said.
After the 2010 shooting Morales said, "I’m just sorry he’s not dead," and even added, "He deserved it … He’s an a--hole."
Morales was on parole for setting a fire over a $2 debt that killed an 8-year-old boy. He was sentenced to 25 years to life and was released in 2002.
Juror No. 6 – who held up the trial for five hours last week so he could audition for "Law and Order" – told Judge Wayne Ozzi that multiple friends have called him about news coverage of his tryout, but that the calls would not affect his ability to serve.