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Sep 8, 2021

Will Surveillance Video Be Used as Evidence in Court?

Oscar Selgado

The killing of Jessie Escobar on Sunday night was captured by surveillance cameras as it unfolded in front of Branch Mouth Stop and Shop Store in Santa Familia Village.  As he approached the B.D.F. soldier with a cup in his hand, a single shot was fired from Private Valencia’s long-arm rifle which caught Escobar in the left chest.  Escobar died on the spot as the other lawmen forced Escobar’s companions to the ground.  The incident occurred in front of Escobar’s wife and their two-year-old daughter.  Today, attorney Oscar Selgado did not comment on the contents of the video but says that it doesn’t become evidence until it is tendered in court.

 

Oscar Selgado, Attorney-at-law

“I must say for one to fully appreciate what is on that video, one has to be either a trained attorney, a trained ballistics expert, or a trained Scenes of Crime technician to understand what is in that video. That video is not just a movie. And that video is not in evidence as yet. As we said, that video is just a video. Until it is tendered in court, it is evidence so I won’t even comment on it because it is not evidence, it is not before me properly; it is not before the court.”


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