ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The man on trial for abducting and robbing two women in Winter Park in 2012 took the stand in his own defense Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors said Farley Curry grabbed the women on two separate occasions along Lee Road in October 2012. He faces life in prison if convicted.
While on the stand, Curry admitted to robbing one of the women and testified he sold drugs for a living and that he stole a purse from one of the victims, but his version of events is far different from prosecutors.
Investigators insist Curry attacked, kidnapped and robbed Erin Hindla and Teresa Bradley on two different mornings in October 2012.
Curry testified he had nothing to do with the Bradley case but did admit he tried to cash a lottery ticket that had been stolen from her. He said he bought the ticket from a third party in his neighborhood.
"My community is poor. So if anything or any means necessary to make a dollar, that's what I do," Curry said.
On Tuesday, Bradley took the stand and described in detail what happened the day she was grabbed as she arrived at work.
"I screamed. I had my husband on the phone and I screamed, and the next thing I saw was the light just sort of vanished, but then, there was this man coming to my car with a gun pointed at my face," she said.
Bradley testified she wasn't even able to get out of her car when she was confronted. Bradley said she was pushed into the passenger seat as the man forced his way into the car.
She said she pulled a gun of her own, but the man took it away from her. Bradley said that later, she was robbed of cash and a winning scratch-off lotto ticket.
Prosecutors said that two weeks before, Curry abducted and robbed Hindla outside an office just two-tenths of a mile away.
Hindla testified she was "slugged" and forced her to withdraw cash from an ATM.
But Curry said Hindla drove into his Eatonville neighborhood trying to buy drugs. Instead of selling her drugs, Curry said he stole her purse.
Curry is on trial only for the Bradley incident though prosecutors called Hindla as a witness. Curry will be tried later this year in Hindla's case.