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Papa Bear Murder: Surprise testimony in cabbie trial

Wednesday, Travis Livingston took the stand against Master Ramsey. Wednesday, Travis Livingston took the stand against Master Ramsey.
Mastermichael Ramsey is on trial for the robbery and murder of 55-year-old Jack Horne. Mastermichael Ramsey is on trial for the robbery and murder of 55-year-old Jack Horne.
Samuel Perry was sentenced to sixty years in prison in 2007. Samuel Perry was sentenced to sixty years in prison in 2007.

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Mastermichael Ramsey is on trial for the robbery and murder of 55-year-old Jack Horne.

And Wednesday was all about "firsts" in day two of the federal court proceedings.

Travis Livingston, who was a former co-defendant in the case, took to the stand to testify against Ramsey, his former friend, as part of his plea agreement with the government.

Livingston revealed some things about the August 2006 murder that he had never before told police.

According to Livingston, he, Ramsey and former Fort Benning soldier Samuel Perry did all hatch a plan to rob a cab driver. Jack Horne just happened to be the one who got the call.

Once they got Horne out to a desolate area of Fort Benning, Livingston said he heard a gunshot and ran to see what happened. For the first time, he said he saw Ramsey holding the gun and watched as he handed it to Perry who then shot the cab driver in the back of the head.

For the first time, Livingston also told the jury he saw Ramsey go thru the victim's pockets after he'd been shot and when they moved Horne's body into the woods, that he was still alive.

Livingston dropped another bomb when he said Ramsey told him when they were in jail together that the victim recognized him during the robbery so he had to have him killed.

Travis Livingston plead guilty to armed robbery this past January in connection with the crime. 

He faces a maximum of fifteen years in prison.

Samuel Perry was sentenced to sixty years in prison in 2007.

Ramsey's trial is still ongoing.

Closing arguments are expected tomorrow before things are turned over to the jury for a verdict.

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