The defense for Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter has filed a motion seeking a new trial, claiming “newly discovered evidence” supports Mehserle’s case.
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Defense's paid Taser expert says Mehserle would have been justified to Tase Oscar Grant.
Mehserle becomes emotional on witness stand as he says he realized he had used his gun instead of his Taser.
The dispatch communications clips record some of the radio chatter amongst police officers who responded to reports of a fight aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train that night.
The videos were taken by BART passenger Tommy Cross and have been introduced into evidence in the murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle. The videos have been enhanced by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
Mehserle, 28, told the court that he had trained with his police-issued Taser less than 10 times before the New Year’s morning incident during which he shot and killed Grant. He had extensive practice with his firearm dating back to his time at a Napa police academy.
Michael Schott, an expert in forensic image analysis retained by defense attorney Michael Rains, told the court that a video which appears to show former BART Police Officer Anthony Pirone punching Grant in the face actually shows nothing of the sort.