T.C. Maslin: Tommy Branch struck victim with baseball bat, wtiness says

More chilling details were revealed Thursday in the trial of a 22-year-old man accused of brutally beating a Capitol Hill man during a robbery.

The night of robberies and assaults which left T.C. Maslin with severe brain injuries began in the Barry Farms housing project.

On the witness stand Thursday, 19-year-old Michael Moore testified about defendant Tommy Branch, the alleged ring leader, hatching a plan to rob people. How Moore and his two friends drove around until they spotted Maslin walking near Eastern Market in the early morning hours of August 18th.

He said when they rushed him, Maslin put his hands up and said he only had a phone and a bank card. And he explained how when Maslin turned to walk away, 17-year-old Sunny Kutti slammed Maslin in the side of the head with the butt of a BB gun.

As he staggered and struggled to walk, Moore said 22-year-old Branch took his baseball bat and smashed Maslin's skull. Moore said after they left an unconscious Maslin on the ground, he looked at the iPhone he had just stolen.

He said he felt bad when he saw a photo of Maslin's baby.

The defense tried to play down Moore's testimony, citing his plea deal and his hopes that by testifying against Branch he might get a reduced sentence.