Suspect shown surveillance video, testifies Baber shot and killed Association of the Blind worker

‘He had a weapon already out and brandished,’ says Jamal Killings

Suspect testifies in Baber trial

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - One of two men charged in connection with the murder for a worker for the Association of the Blind testified against the other suspect in court Wednesday.

Jamal Killings took the witness stand. He and his son were in a Walnut Hills neighborhood in March 2017 when investigators say driver Jamie Urton accidentally hit Killings’ boy.

Authorities say Killings beat Urton, but it was Deonte Baber -- the man on trial -- who is accused of shooting and killing Urton.

Prosecutors played surveillance video that showed what they say happened that day. The video starts with Killings’ boy running into the street. A car hits the boy. Then prosecutors say Killings ran past the child and to the car where he beat on Urton. Then, from the top of the screen, prosecutors say Baber came into view, ran up to the car, shot Urton, and ran off.

Killings says it was Baber who pulled the trigger.

“He had a weapon already out and brandished," he said. “I was kind of nervous because of that and then I seen him open up shots at the car multiple times -- and after that I was froze cause I was right there too. I didn’t know if he was gonna shoot me.”

Baber’s defense claims Killings was actually the one who shot and killed Urton and that when Killings called 911 he said he killed Urton. When asked about that on the stand Killings said he was angry about his son getting hit -- so that’s why he said what he said.

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