Dontrell Stephens takes the stand

Posted at 7:21 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 19:39:18-05

Dontrell Stephens removed his shirt in a federal courtroom on Thursday to show jurors the bullet wounds on his body and to explain that his hands were up when a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy shot him.

Deputy Adams Lin shot Stephens in 2013.

Lin was cleared of criminal charges, but now Stephens is suing him and the sheriff's office for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Stephens is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the injuries from the shooting.

He testified Thursday about how he requires twenty-four hour care from family and friends.

He also spoke about his childhood when he was abandoned by both parents and put into the foster care system.

The deputy has said in depositions that he feared for his life when he shot Stephens.

He said he didn't know whether Stephens had a gun. All Stephens ended up having was a cell phone.

The deputy is expected to take the stand as early as Friday. The trial could end on Monday and it will be up to the jury to decide whether to award Stephens money, and if so how much money.