Two crucial witnesses took the stand today in the Daljit Singh Multani murder-for-hire trial. It's day two of trial for a man accused of hiring a hitman to kill a business partner. Multani faces a charge of solicitation for murder.
Rama Dawar, the targeted victim, talked about the lawsuit he filed against Multani after he failed to hold up his end of the business deal. That's when Dawar says things went bad. He received a call from Multani's wife and he says it was a warning.
"She told me Daljit Singh is planning to harm you," said Dawar.,
But Dawar admits he didn't take that warning seriously.
"I didn't feel that he could harm me and the reason is when they had a fight I thought she was making up the story," said Dawar.
Next on the stand was the hitman-turned informant, Joe Yzaguirre. The judge ordered us not to show his face. In court he testified how Multani was frustrated with Dawar and asked him to do something for him.
"'Did he say he wanted that person killed?' The way he worded it was he wanted him taken out. And I asked him to clarify and he said…you know, killed," said Yzaguirre.
Yzaguirre says Multani told him to think it over. Giving him a day to "sleep on it".
"He conveyed to me he wanted this person killed. And the way he worded it was I want you to do this for me and I would take care of you," said Yzaguirre.
"I knew that if I didn't go forward I knew there was no way I was going to comply with this request. Had he gone to somebody else, one, will I be able to live with myself knowing I could have prevented something bad from happening. And two, will he tie up loose ends and still end up getting killed myself?" said Yzaguirre.
Yzaguirre also claims Multani provided him with a stolen gun. The defense in its opening arguments say the informant cannot be trusted because of his long criminal history.