Testimony is underway in the trial of a man accused of shooting a Tarleton State University student in December 2017.

Shawn Patrick Layton, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, in the shooting of Jamie Richards at Oak Tree Apartments, where Richards lived at the time. 

Police say the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. Richards was shot in the face when she opened the door to her apartment.

Another resident of the apartment complex, Jeremy Lau, told police that he was a marijuana dealer and believed that he had been the intended victim.

“Lau believed that he was the target of the shooting and that Layton had mistakenly knocked on the wrong apartment door,” the arrest affidavit states.

Richards was able to tell investigators the man who shot her was wearing black clothing and a black, shiny mask.

A search of Layton’s home yielded several loaded cartridges that matched the make, type and caliber of the shell casing found next to Richards, as well as a shiny, black mask and dark clothing.

Richards survived the shooting and after months of rehabilitation, has returned to Tarleton. 

Andrew Ottoway is Layton’s court-appointed attorney.