Chic-Colbert said he asked Woodson to drop him off at his aunt's house, but they were close to the Leon Sullivan Way exit by that point, and that was far away from where he needed to go. Woodson "pestered" him, Chic-Colbert said, and he kept moving her hand away from his face.
"She hit me in the head with her phone and told me to get the 'f' out of her car," Chic-Colbert said.
He attempted to flee the vehicle, but Woodson grabbed onto him. Once they were both out of the car, he said, he defended himself.
"I pick her up and I slam her down to the ground," Chic-Colbert said, speaking directly to the jury.
He said he was so afraid of Woodson that he hopped over the guardrail on the highway, ran down the hill and jumped a fence, as Woodson yelled, "You're going to jail."
After listening to his story, prosecution asked Chic-Colbert how he explained the discrepancies between his testimony and the stories of all the other witnesses who had spoken during the past two days. Chic-Colbert said they all lied, and he was the only one telling the truth.
"The only thing I did to Lynitrah," he said, "was remove her off of me by slamming her to the ground."
Prosecutors also called 12-year-old Tyrel Coffman, who was in the car during the altercation, to the witness stand Tuesday. Coffman, dressed in gym shorts and a T-shirt, confirmed the details of that night, including the group's outing to the Grand Prix and a trip through the McDonald's drive-thru.
Coffman said Chic-Colbert started the altercation and detailed how he saw Chic-Colbert pull Woodson out of the car by her hair and continue to pummel her after the car stopped on the interstate. The boys tried to help Woodson by hitting Chic-Colbert and Clements ran out of the car, Coffman said.
Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Tera Salango asked Coffman what happened next.
"Jahlil got hit," Coffman said, then paused, his face turning red. He tucked his head to his chin and began to cry. After composing himself, he looked up at the prosecutor, choking back sobs. "Then Jahlil got hit."
Upon hearing Tuesday's verdict, Woodson brought her head to her knees, sobbing, as family and friends consoled her. Chic-Colbert stared straight ahead with no visible emotion on his face -- a look he had maintained during the day's trial.
Clements' grandmother, Thomasina Clements, said outside the courtroom that the verdict restored her faith in the justice system.
"Thank God for the jury," Clements said.
Woodson's mother, Treva Woodson, said people needed to continue to pray for the family.
"Just pray for justice," she said, "and always praying for strength."
Thomasina Clements said though the case would never really be over for her, the verdict made her feel as though other people cared about Jahlil, too.
"He mattered very much to me," she said. "He was the love of my life."
Staff writer Zac Taylor contributed. Reach Alison Matas at alison.ma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.