New twist in Sean Bell shooting case
(New York - WABC, March 15, 2007) (WABC) -- There are new developments this morning in the Sean Bell shooting investigation. Hours after the grand jury began deliberating, a surprise, last minute witness came forward. Sources tell Eyewitness News he is testifying before the grand jury.
Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Rossen is live in Kew Gardens with the latest.
The grand jury is entering day two of deliberations. And now sources tell Eyewitness News the new surprise witness is telling his story to the grand jury. The question is, what kind of affect he will have on the jurors.
Just as the grand jury got the case yesterday, and this city awaited a decision, a man walked into the 115th Precinct claiming he witnessed the shooting late last year, saying he saw a man on foot firing at the officers.
The mystery witness is testifying before the grand jury today despite serious doubts about his credibility.
The grand jury is considering a series of charges against all five New York City police officers who opened fire on Sean Bell and his friends last November.
From Detective Paul Headley who fired once. To Detective Michael Oliver who fired 31 times. The potential charges range from wreckless engdangerment to depraved indifference murder.
There may be no indictments, or the decision could be split. That some officers were justified while others were not, and that Detective Oliver fired wrecklessly.
"It's not just for the fact that he fired 31 shots, but they will compare and contrast his actions to some of the other police officers actions. Especially Headley who fired the one shot," former prosecutor David Schwartz said.
Today, the NYPD will move officers into place, in case there are demonstrations.
"We don't know what's going to happen with the grand jury, whatever it is. We have a process to go through this process, whatever the grand jury rules, that's what we'll live with. Even if we agree with it or not," Mayor Bloomberg said.
Sean Bell's family along with the shooting victims are waiting for a decision together, spending most of their time at Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem.
"What is on trial in that grand jury is the love from this city should apply for everybody or are they for only some," Rev. Al Sharpton said.
Sharpton says if there are protests after the indictments or if no indictments are handed up, most likely they will be peaceful.
If the new witness does testify today in the case, most likely he could throw things off a little bit, but we could still have a decision at anytime when they reconvene this morning.
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