Amanda Lee Myers
Tue, 07 May 2013 16:49 CDT
© Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
David Chandler, left, identified his alleged shooter, 34-year-old Ricardo Woods, right, through a series of eye blinks while he was paralyzed.
Captivated jurors in a Cincinnati murder trial watched video Tuesday that prosecutors say shows a dying, paralyzed shooting victim who couldn't speak identifying a photo of his killer by blinking his eyes.
Over the unsuccessful and repeated objections of defense attorneys, prosecutors showed the jury a 17-minute video of shooting victim David Chandler, 35, in which he answers detectives' questions by blinking twice to say "no" and three times for "yes."
Ricardo Woods, 35, is charged with Chandler's October 2010 murder and has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say that in the video, Chandler clearly identifies Woods as his attacker, while Woods' attorneys argue that his blinks were inconsistent and unreliable. The video is considered the key piece of evidence in the trial. Jurors will have to determine whether Chandler appears alert and knew what he was doing when he said "yes" to Woods' photo.
In the video, police have to repeat some questions when Chandler fails to respond or when the number of times he blinks is unclear.