Jurors deliberate fate of alleged Crossgates Mall shooter

May 04, 2017 06:27 PM

The jury has started to deliberate in the case of accused Crossgates Mall shooter, Taesheem Maeweather.

The jurors were in the courtroom Thursday, hearing readback testimony and rewatching some Crossgates Mall surveillance videos.

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Earlier in the day, the jurors were given a lot to listen to in closing arguments.

Even though 31 prosecution witnesses were brought in and even though hours of video surveillance and scientific data was shown to jurors, Defense Attorney Lee Kindlon insisted his client, Tasheem Maeweather, sits before them falsely accused.

Kindlon argued:

"There are holes in the people's case. There are reasonable doubts. They want you to be afraid of a young black male walking through the mall."

Kindlon went on to attack the prosecution’s best eyewitness, an off-duty state trooper who says he stood 10-feet away from Maeweather and saw him holding a gun.

Kindlon asserted Ian DeGiovine embellished his story much the way Brian Williams did his:

"Trooper DeGiovine needed to be the hero of this narrative. He has put together in his own mind that he saw the whole thing. He is wrong."

"DeGiovine thought he saw something he didn't see. Yes, people make mistakes. There's no dishonor in that."

Then, Prosecutor Steven Sharp delivered his hour-long summation, asking:

"Why would DeGiovine lie? To be a hero? That doesn't make sense. How terrible a person do you have to be to come into court and lie? Tasheem Maeweather is the shooter folks. He is absolutely the shooter."

Deliberations resume at 9 a.m. Friday morning.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow the deliberations. We will bring you a verdict as soon as it’s reached on and our future newscasts.


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