ROCKFORD -- Video of the Marie's Pizza shooting is shown to boost the case against Brandon Sago. But will it work?
He's charged with murder even though he didn't fire a shot. Tuesday, his lawyers tried to turn the tables by using the video to prove their claims.
"This was the gentleman who was trying to get the cash register open." Marie's Pizza manager ,Vincent Terrara, tells his story to the jury using the surveillance video from the night his restaurant was the scene of a deadly armed robbery.
"That's officer Pobjecky there back here is where the panic button is,” said Terrara as he pointed to the surveillance video.
Eventually off-duty Deputy Frank Pobjecky would shoot all four robbers killing 16-year-old Michael Sago Jr. But the man facing the murder charges is Brandon Sago, the cousin of the man who died. Defense says isn't right since all four men allegedly tried to flee the scene. Attorneys tried to get Terrara to admit that on the stand.
“It's true isn't it that each of these people were attempting or leaving the building after the person you were struggling with had already been shot?”
“I didn’t see that,” said Terrara.
Officer after officer, detective after detective all taking the stand Wednesday walking the court through all the evidence from blood drops to clothing. One detective described how Sago responded when they took him into custody.
"He did not want to be photographed, he was not going to hold still for me, he verbally told me he wasn't going to hold still,” said Detective Brian Shimaitis, Rockford Police Department.
Now, Sago will have too as the jury listens to the testimony that could put him behind bars for murder.
Deputy Pobjecky is expected to take the stand Thursday when the trial continues in the morning.