COUNCIL BLUFFS — A man accused of kidnapping a Council Bluffs woman traded a few fiery exchanges and numerous sideways stares Friday with an acquaintance who testified that he had witnessed the beating.
Travis Labno, 33, said Bryan Bey and Tabitha Proplesch, 30, both spent time at his “flophouse” in an apartment building in Omaha. The three would do drugs together and steal things to sell, he said.
On May 31, 2012, however, Labno said he wanted Proplesch and Bey to leave the apartment for good. As he told Proplesch to gather her things while she sat in a borrowed truck, Bey began punching the woman in the face.
“He just came over the top of me and started denting her head,” Labno said.
Labno said he was shocked by the assault.
“I ain't never seen no one hit like that in my life,” he testified. “Especially not a girl.”
After five or six punches, he said, Proplesch returned to the apartment. Labno followed her and Bey inside. Labno's girlfriend, Kelly Andrysik, was also there.
Once inside, Labno said, Bey assaulted Proplesch again. Labno said he was unsure why the assault occurred, but he knew why he didn't stop the beating.
“I didn't think I had a great chance, and if I failed, he would take out Kelly and her mom (who lived across the street),” he said. “If I failed, everybody goes.”
Labno was initially charged in connection with the assault, but charges were dropped after he spoke to investigators after his arrest.
Bey — who is representing himself in the case and is charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping — asked Labno during cross-examination if he “lied or made things up to save your own butt by snitching?”
“I'm telling exactly what happened,” Labno responded.
The cross-examination was at times a shouting match, with the men talking over each other.
“Would you say I would have died for you?” Bey asked.
“No, I'm going to say you had your own agenda the whole time,” Labno replied.
Andrysik testified that she felt “sick to her stomach” as she saw Bey chase Proplesch.
“You are a sick individual,” she told Bey while he cross-examined her. “It's not right what you did, not right at all; you're disgusting, heartless.”
The prosecution is scheduled to finish its case Monday morning. Bey will then present any evidence he intends to submit to the jury.