New evidence presented in Jackson murder trial

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS)– A murder trial intensifies for a Jackson County man accused of shooting and killing a woman and streaming it all on Facebook.

 

In day three of the trial, the jury heard a lot of new evidence, including an interview with the suspect after the murder took place.

 

20-year-old Anthony Gelia is charged with open murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Brittany Southwell.

 

It happened in November, 2016, at a house on Jefferson Street in Jackson.

 

During Thursday’s proceedings, the jury was shown a video of a police interview with Gelia conducted by detectives from the Jackson Police Department.

 

Gelia tells investigators that the night of the shooting he was heavily drinking alcohol and went to the house to confront his brother about a previous fight on Facebook.

 

He admits to kicking down the door and firing several shots into the home.

 

But says he never meant to kill anyone.

 

“I didn’t know what I was doing because I was intoxicated. I even had it live on Facebook. I don’t know, man. I f***** up. I should be acting older than I am,” Gelia said in the interview.  

 

Southwell was shot and killed while holding her baby boy when a bullet went through a door.

 

Police believe she was just an innocent bystander.

 

Prosecutors say Gelia streamed the murder live on Facebook, and they plan on showing the video to the jury Friday.

The jury also heard from several experts who found forensic evidence that links Gelia to the murder weapon.

A medical examiner who took the stand revealed that Southwell died from a gunshot wound to the chest, and the injuries she sustained left little chance for survival.

 

The prosecution plans on wrapping up testimony Friday, and sending this case to the jury for deliberations.

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