Security video from a camera mounted on a nearby building showed the fatal shooting of Jamie Urton after his car struck a child who ran into the street.
Prosecutors played the video Wednesday during the trial of 27-year-old Deonte Baber, the man accused of being the shooter.
The camera is too far away from the March 2017 incident in Walnut Hills to identify anyone, and prosecutors at least partly are relying on the testimony of eyewitnesses.
On Wednesday, the 4-year-old boy’s father, Jamall Killings, identified Baber as the gunman.
Killings, 27, said he didn’t know Baber personally and had seen him for the first time that day.
Killings’ role in the case is complicated. It was Killings who immediately after the crash ran to the car and began punching Urton, who stopped to help the child, according to testimony.
Killings also made statements in a 911 call, implicating himself in Urton’s death, even though prosecutors say the video showed a second man walk by the car and fire multiple shots into the driver’s side door.
As a woman drove Killings and his son to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, he told the boy: "I took care of dude. I killed him. He’s dead. He dead. The dude that hit you by the car? He dead. I killed him.”
On the witness stand, Killings struggled to explain why he said that.
The boy was drifting out of consciousness, he eventually said.NEWSLETTERSThank you! You're almost signed up for News AlertsKeep an eye out for an email to confirm your newsletter registration.>More newsletters>
“I failed him as a parent,” he added. “I can’t really explain, in words.”
Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Peck also asked Killings if he directed Baber to shoot Urton.
“I did not intend, in any way, for him to shoot that man,” Killings said. “The first time that I seen him was that day.”
The video also makes clear that Killings attacked Urton before going to check on his son. Peck asked Killings to explain that decision.
“A mistake. Bad judgment. Anger… Confusion,” Killings said. Killings added that he believed Urton tried to drive away.>
Jamall Killings (Photo: Fox19)
Urton, who worked a manufacturing job for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was heading to lunch with a co-worker that Friday afternoon. The co-worker testified that he urged Urton to drive away, but Urton wanted to check on the boy.
In the video, the boy runs into Kenton Street before Urton’s Chevrolet Malibu hits him.
The boy then goes airborne over the top of the car and lands on the pavement, several feet behind it, near the curb. Killings said he suffered head injuries.
Prosecutors said Urton wouldn’t have seen him because a truck heading in the opposite direction likely blocked his view.
Urton was shot in the left thigh and bled to death. He died later that day at a local hospital.
The video shows that no one went to the car the check on Urton. During more than three minutes of the video played in court Wednesday, he is left alone in the car, apparently unconscious.
Testimony will resume Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.