Security camera video that captured a deadly shooting is sparking outrage, as it appears to show a cold-blooded and unjustified shooting. The video is included below.
The video shows Stillwater, Oklahoma bail agent Chasity Dawn Carey shooting Brandon James Williams, a client who was in her office at the time. When Carey attempted to cuff Williams to hand him over to police, he tried to escape by climbing out a window. Carey then pulls out a gun and shoots him in the back as he is going out the window.
The shooting cannot be fully seen, as Williams is out of the camera view. However, it appears Williams was not threatening Carey directly.
Prosecutors charged Carey with first degree murder, but last week, a jury acquitted her. Now, the release of the video at the center of the case has been released, and people are outraged that she could have been found not guilty.
Jurors didn’t believe bail agent Chasity Dawn Carey intended to kill her client when she fatally shot him last year at her office, her attorney revealed Tuesday.
Last week, jurors acquitted Carey, 42, of first-degree murder in the Aug. 9 shooting death of her client, Brandon James Williams, 38. She claimed self-defense even though Williams was shot in the back as he was climbing out a window.
A dramatic video of the shooting, which was played at trial, was released by Payne County prosecutors Monday.
“They had a very difficult time with the way the case was charged and could not find the element required in murder one of malice aforethought,” defense attorney Emilie Kirkpatrick told The Oklahoman. “I have nothing but the highest praise for this jury. They stuck by the law that they were given.”
“Malice” is defined in state law as a deliberate intention to take away the life of another. Prosecutors must prove that element to a jury for a first-degree murder conviction.
Kirkpatrick spoke with jurors after the trial. She said they told her they didn’t believe prosecutors proved that deliberate intent to kill.
Carey testified at the trial in support of her self-defense claim. Prosecutors argued that because Williams was shot in the back, Carey couldn’t have been acting in self-defense.
Here is the video. Warning: some may find the content disturbing.