HAWTHORNE: Victim’s ex-boyfriend says he’s 90 percent sure suspect was the gunman in the 2000 home invasion. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER D’Jana Matthews testified Monday that he didn’t struggle with three men who came into his Hawthorne home in the middle of the night. Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link, who tried Blackburn and Dobson five years ago, has told the jury that Myrick will be implicated by DNA. Four years after the June 18, 2000, crime, Myrick was convicted for mooning officers outside his housing project during a demonstration. As a result, he was ordered to turn over a DNA sample. When it was placed in a law enforcement database, it matched the sample taken from the female victim. If Myrick, 41, is convicted by the Torrance Superior Court jury of 11 men and one woman of residential burglary and two rape counts, he faces 25 years to life in prison. Matthews testified he was watching television in bed when he heard a knock on the door. He looked out the window and recognized Blackburn, whom he knew through a neighbor. Matthews said he and the neighbor had gambled at Hollywood Park Casino about a week before, and his neighbor won a few hundred dollars. The neighbor asked Matthews to hold the money for him and, when he brought it over, Blackburn was with him. A few days later, Matthews returned it. Blackburn told Matthews he needed to use the phone. Matthews let him inside and closed the door, and then two men he didn’t know opened it and walked inside, he testified. Identifying Myrick, he said: “He came straight at me and put the gun to my head.” Matthews mimicked a gun with his hand and put his index finger to his temple. They kept asking, “Where’s the money?” Matthews said. He said he didn’t know what they were talking about, but later figured out they were referring to his neighbor’s winnings. Matthews said he didn’t struggle as they pushed him to his bedroom, tied him with a phone cord and piled speakers and clothes on top of him. “Every so often, someone would pass by and hit me, kick me, while I was down,” Matthews said. Link showed a photograph of Matthews taken five days after the assault. It showed abrasions to his face and a bloody eye. He said he cooperated hoping they’d leave, and not hurt his girlfriend. Matthews didn’t know what happened to his girlfriend until she freed him after the assailants left. She was naked and crying, he said. After Blackburn and Dobson were convicted in 2001, Matthews said he thought the case was over. He and his girlfriend broke up and he moved out of state. He was surprised when Hawthorne Detective Joel Romero called and asked him to testify at a hearing last year. “I thought it was over,” he said. Matthews identified Myrick in a six-photo police lineup. Even though his assailant had short hair and Myrick now sports more than a dozen braids, Matthews said in court he was 90percent sure Myrick was the gunman. Myrick’s attorney, James Cooper, asked Matthews why he was only 90 percent sure. “I really can’t say why,” Matthews responded. The jury also heard from a police gang expert Monday who testified that crimes like this are done for the benefit of a criminal street gang and that Myrick is a known gang member. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All Matthews could think about was his girlfriend sleeping in the bedroom of their apartment in the 13600 block of Yukon Avenue. “(She) was my main priority,” Matthews said, recalling the incident more than seven years ago. The men tied him up and beat him while ransacking the house, he said. His former girlfriend testified last week that they raped her. DNA evidence from the assault led investigators to the alleged rapist, Steven Lee Myrick – the only one of the trio who remained unidentified. The other two, Kenneth Dobson and Jerome Blackburn, who belong to the same Watts gang Myrick allegedly associates with, were convicted of the crimes – but not the rape because their DNA did not match. Dobson was later killed in a gang-related shooting.