MILFORD \u2014 Step by step, co-defendant Eusebio Melendez-Ventura recounted the six days leading up to his 2009 arrest in the fatal shooting of Jose Chevere, 28. Time after time, in about four hours of testimony Thursday, Melendez-Ventura points the finger of blame at co-defendant Javier Cruz-Falcon, who is on trial. Chevere was shot several times and his body left on a rural road in the city\u2019s north side. He had worked for Melendez-Ventura, buying cocaine for resale. Melendez-Ventura was in New York Aug. 23 with Javier Cruz-Falcon when he got a call that up to $10,000 and eight kilos of cocaine, worth about $500,000, were missing from his West Haven home. Chevere was one of three who knew the stash was in the house, Melendez-Ventura testified in Superior Court. The third was Melendez-Ventura\u2019s roommate, Cruz-Falcon, 38, who is on trial for a second time on murder and kidnapping charges. His first trial last year ended in a hung jury. Cruz-Falcon has pleaded not guilty. Melendez-Ventura, 25, recalled Cruz-Falcon\u2019s reaction to the news was something like: \u201c\u2018Oh, wow. They\u2019re going to kill us.\u2019\u201d Cruz-Falcon was ultimately responsible for the cocaine, which was kept in the room where he slept, Melendez-Ventura testified. Asked by Senior Assistant State\u2019s Attorney Charles M. Stango to explain, Melendez-Ventura said \u201cthey\u201d were the owners of the cocaine. \u201cThe people from Puerto Rico.\u201d Melendez-Ventura and Cruz-Falcon turned around and went back to Connecticut to find Chevere. They drove Melendez-Ventura\u2019s minivan around the Hill section in New Haven, where Chevere lived. They were accompanied by co-defendant Daniel Dingui-Cardona, Melendez-Ventura said. Chevere\u2019s cellphone was called many times. The theft of the cash, not the drugs, was reported to the West Haven Police Department in hopes of tracking the thief, Melendez-Ventura said. \u201cWe had the idea that they (police) could fingerprint,\u201d he said. They went to a parking lot on Long Wharf and borrowed a gun, which he gave to Cruz-Falcon, Melendez-Ventura said. Eventually, they met Chevere at the West Haven house. Chevere got out of his car and approached the minivan. \u201cHe was not making sense, what he was saying,\u201d Melendez-Ventura testified. Cruz-Falcon knocked Chevere on the head and pushed him into the minivan, Melendez-Ventura said. \u201cJavier says to me, \u2018Drive.\u2019 \u2026 And we are on the highway.\u201d They eventually arrive at Zion Hill Road, an isolated, wooded area. Cardona helps pull Chevere out of the van, Melendez-Ventura testified. Seven or eight shots were fired, he testified. As the van is pulling away, Cruz-Falcon says to stop, and gets out. \u201cThat\u2019s when Javier Cruz went to Jose Chevere\u2019s body and took his cellphone and wallet,\u201d Melendez-Ventura said. \u201cI remember thinking, \u2018Wow. He just killed Jose Chevere,\u2019\u201d Melendez-Ventura said. The three found their way back to New Haven and returned the gun. In the days following, Melendez-Ventura and Cruz-Falcon move around, staying at a private home and two hotels. Eventually, a city police detective tracks Melendez-Ventura from the Super 8 motel parking lot in West Haven to a New Haven shopping plaza, where he is taken into custody. \u201cHe looked right at me, and said, \u2018I\u2019m in big trouble,\u2019\u201d retired Detective Arthur Huggins testified. \u201cAnd I asked him why. \u2018My friend Jose, who was killed.\u2019\u201d Melendez-Ventura said he had not eaten or slept in the three days since the slaying. \u201c\u2018I\u2019m glad you found me because I was afraid Jose\u2019s friends were going to kill me,\u2019\u201d Huggins testified he said. Cruz-Falcon is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at Bridgeport Correctional Center. Melendez-Ventura is being held at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield awaiting sentencing in the case.