The alleged mall gang slaying trial snags on arguments over evidence. – Alabama News

The alleged mall gang slaying trial snags on arguments over evidence. – Alabama News

Attorneys in the trial of three people charged in a 2016 Easter weekend homicide at Columbus’ Peachtree Mall spent much of Friday arguing about what evidence jurors should see, particularly video from mall security cameras and the testimony of a Georgia gang expert.

Defense attorneys objected to showing jurors a so-called “cohesive video” that combined excerpts of footage from different mall surveillance cameras to show people prosecutors claim to be defendants Xzavaien Trevon Jones, 19; his sister Tekoa Chantrell Young, 24; and Terell Raquez McFarland, 26.

Ken Hudson, a retired Columbus police sergeant who was the lead investigator in the March 26 fatal shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Meredith, testified police used the surveillance videos to track the suspects as they ambushed Meredith at the entrance to the mall’s food court.

The defense attorneys did not want the jury watching a video that had been altered to fit the prosecution’s account of what happened that Saturday before Easter. They said the original raw footage from each camera was the more appropriate evidence.

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