The defense presented its entire case in little more than an hour in the trial of the man accused of shooting and killing a toddler in Syracuse in 2010. Testimony wrapped up Thursday in the trial of Saquan Evans, 22, for the death of 20-month-old Rashaad Walker, Jr. Our Kat De Maria was in court and has the details.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After a fast-paced morning with few spectators, several witnesses, and the conclusion of the people's case, the trial of Saquan Evans got crowded again and nearly ground to a stop Thursday afternoon when the defense began presenting theirs.
The first witness, someone alleged to have been at the scene of the shooting on Coolidge Avenue on November 28th, 2010, refused to answer questions and was held in contempt of court and sent back to jail, where he is already serving time.
Next on the stand was Rashaad Walker, Sr., the victim's father, alleged 110 gang member, and also the alleged target of the attack. Walker repeatedly said he only caught a glance of the person firing the shots into his van, a big person with a black hood over his eyes. He said he only named a possible suspect to police because that's who others told him it might have been.
"If I knew who was in the red Dodge Caliber..." added Walker.
Evans' lawyer only called one other witness. Jurors were excused a total of three times, once during each, and the district attorney objected repeatedly throughout.
Earlier, an officer testified that he interviewed Evans, who said "You're funny" and laughed when he talked about the shooting. The officer said he confronted Evans about tracking information from his ankle bracelet that put him at the scene, and Evans said, "I don't know what you're talking about. I wasn't there."
The defense now admits Evans was on Coolidge Avenue, but contends so was another person, Carlton Morman, who they said committed the shooting.
Court will resume first thing Friday morning with closing arguments. The jury is expected to have the case by the afternoon.