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Father watches security video capturing son's shooting
by Jane Flasch
Rochester, N.Y. -- The father of a young man gun down one year ago became a witness, to the alleged crime, as security video of the incident was played in court Thursday.
"It's uncomfortable, undesirable, I wish it on no one," said Bishop David Singleton after watching the security video.
It was played during the second day of testimony in the trial of Ralph Strong Junior. He is accused of killing two men outside of club network last June then shooting a police officer after a high-speed chase three days later.
Security cameras in both locations recorded what happened.
Bishop Singleton watched as his son Jahmia Singleton attempted to break up an argument between Ralph Strong and another man. A witness, Maison Brown, described how Strong reacted.
"The guy pulled out a handgun from under his shirt and started shooting," Brown testified. "He shot Reggie and then he shot Jahmia."
The video was captured by security cameras from the post office on Central Avenue. As it played in the court room many family members gasped others left in tears.
Jahmia's mother Dawn cannot bear to attend the trial. It's been a year since he was killed and for the first time his father watch as it happened.
"Sometimes acting on emotion and impulse will cause lives to change forever," he said. "I don't know that we can explain everything that happens perhaps we wish we could."
Judge Joanne Winslow denied requests from 13WHAM news for a copy of the security video. The District Attorney's Office says Judge Winslow didn't want family members of jurors to see it on television and be tempted to ask them about the case.
Jurors are not supposed to discuss the case publicly until after a verdict. That likely means security video of the chase and police shootout three days later will also not be released.