Security video from 2012 Jersey City shooting
JERSEY CITY — A security video showing people running for their lives as gunfire erupted on a Greenville street was shown to jurors this morning following opening statements in the murder trial of a Jersey City man charged in connection to a 2012 murder.
“You are going to see a series of videos and one of them in particular is one in which you will be able see the defendant, Mr. (DaQuan) Keaton with a gun in hand terrorizing the people at that corner on that day,” Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Jorge Morales said in his opening statement. He said he will also produce investigators and witnesses to show Keaton was involved in the shooting.
Keaton, 27, of Parnell Place is charged with the murder of Lamar A. Glover, who was shot in the head at Randolph Avenue and Harmon Street in Jersey City on Aug. 25, 2012.
Authorities say that Glover was walking with a group of people at 4 p.m. that day when a car drove up and Keaton stepped out and opened fire. Glover was shot once in the left side of his head and once in his left forearm. While Keaton did not shoot Glover, he shot another member of Glover’s group in the leg, Morales said.
The defendant faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.
However, defense attorney Adrienne Edward told jurors during her opening statement the man in the video is now Keaton. “It is going to show you a black man in dreads and not DaQuan Keaton,” she said. “Look around Jersey City and see how many people fit that description.”
Edward also noted that during his opening statement Morales told the jury “Mr. Keaton was not the person who fired the shot that killed Mr. Glover…The state is going to tell you who that person is but that person has never been charged.”
While on the stand Angela Williams said she was leaving a bodega at the corner that day and when she heard “the pop, pop, pop, pop, pop and the heat from the bullet went past my leg and I panicked…I grabbed a bunch of kids and we put them in a hallway to keep them safe.”
Williams said she saw Glover lying at the curb, while a man who was shot in the leg began banging on the door of the residence where she had taken the children. She said she did not know who he was and did not let him in. She added that she did not see the shooter and did not point out Keaton as being involved.
The second witness and owner of a business in the area, Charles Dealmeiea, testified there was a commotion in front of the bodega and a man was captured on security cameras running past his business. He said the man got into a waiting car, which sped off, but was able to provide police with a partial plate number. During his opening statement, Morales said he will show the car is connected to Keaton.
Under cross examination, however, Dealmeiea said he did not see the man’s face.
The morning’s last witness, Jersey City Police Officer Christopher LaFante, testified he and his partner were patrolling in the area of the shooting that day and they heard shots ring out. He said they chased a person “but he was too fast.”
The jury is on its lunch break and testimony will resume at 1:30 p.m. before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Bernadette DeCastro in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.