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Judge: Jury can see chilling video of prison guard's killing

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 3, 2017 9:01 AM
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(Wilkes Barre) -- A federal judge says a jury can see surveillance video showing the killing of a guard at a federal prison in Wayne County when the inmate involved stands trial in April.

Defense attorneys don't dispute that inmate Jessie Con-ui is responsible for the February 2013 stabbing death of guard Eric Williams at the Canaan federal prison in Waymart. But they were hoping a judge would exclude the grisly video from evidence as they try to spare him the death penalty.

But prosecutors say the video proves Con-ui killed Williams in a calculated attack during which Con-ui even paused to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying guard's pocket.

The ruling allows prosecutors to show the video only during the guilt phase of the trial, not the penalty phase.

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