Bus brawl jury takes another look at video during deliberations

April 26, 2017 01:42 PM

ALBANY - The fate of the two University at Albany students at the center of that CDTA bus brawl could soon be decided. The jury resumed deliberations Wednesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, they were asking for the definition of the word, "assault."

The jury consists of seven women and five men. They got the case at 3:15 Tuesday afternoon, left at 4:30, but came back at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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During that time, they also heard testimony from two witnesses read back and they also re-watched five pieces of video, including video from the bus surveillance system and cell phone video.

The two young women, Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell, are accused of making up a story about being victims of a racially-motivated attack on a CDTA bus ride 15 months ago. Specific charges include assault, harassment and filing false reports.

After one full week of testimony that featured 38 witnesses – including 19 bus passengers and both defendants – the jury is considering charges that could result in jail time of up to two years each for the young women.

During the closing arguments on Tuesday, Agudio's attorney, Mark Mishler, suggested to jurors that they ask themselves about the feelings, assumptions, perceptions and stereotypes that we all have, but that we’re not always aware of. Mishler asked them to consider how the "hidden biases" as he described them, affect this case.

The last person the jurors heard from inside the courtroom was prosecutor David Rossi. He stated the defendants would have literally had to be hallucinating to believe what they said, labeling their actions a campaign of deceit.

NewsChannel 13 will have the verdict for you as soon as it’s announced on We’ll also have updates on our evening newscasts starting Live at 5.


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