Surveillance videos could play a key role in Jussie Smollett’s case
Jussie Smollett was reportedly seen on video conducting a dry run the day before his attack, lending more to prosecutors’ claims that he did the whole thing.
During preliminary arguments on Monday, special prosecutor Dan Webb told the jury that Smollett was upset that a threatening hate letter sent to the studio behind “Empire” was not taken seriously. As a result, Webb is hoping to convince a jury that the actor hired brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundaro to attack him.
A potentially damaging piece of evidence teased during Webb’s initial arguments was surveillance video showing Smollett and two siblings with whom he worked on “Empire,” a scene of an attack in the area the day before. Was doing a “dry run” of sorts. This allegedly happened.
Prosecutors will allege what the Osundaro brothers have already told investigators, that they were cut a $3,500 check after the drought and given $100 in cash to obtain supplies to carry out the attack at Smollett’s behest. Had gone.
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Meanwhile, defense lawyer Nenny Uche said the two brothers attacked Smollett in January 2019 because they didn’t like him, and that the check the actor gave to the men was for training so he could prepare for an upcoming music video. could, as payment for staging, not a hate crime, as prosecutors allege.
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After opening arguments, prosecutors found it right to show jury surveillance video painstakingly collected by the Chicago Police Department showed the Osundaro brothers walking near Smollett on the night of the attack. Chicago Police Detective Michael Theis reviewed how a series of surveillance, security and doorbell camera footage was used to track the brothers’ movements on the night of the attack and eventually identify them as criminals.
However, Smollett and his lawyer also alleged that a third attacker was involved. There is no evidence to support this going to trial, but Uche is confident it will help prove his client’s innocence. Uche noted during his opening argument that there is no “piece” of physical evidence proving Smollett faked the attack.
Currently, this is Smollett’s word against the Osundairo siblings. However, prosecutors think video evidence collected by police, which allegedly includes the dry part of the attack, will prove their case before a jury.