New evidence: Woman’s murder streamed on Facebook Live

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s been more than a year since 26-year-old Brittany Southwell was shot and killed while holding her baby.

 

And now, the trial for the man charged with murdering her, Anthony Gelia is finally starting, featuring an explosive piece of evidence.

Prosecutors say upon further review of their evidence, they recently discovered a Facebook Live video of the murder taking place.

The trial of 20-year-old Gelia was supposed to start Monday, but at the last minute it came to a screeching halt.

 

“Turned out there was a surprise evidence hearing,” said Nathan Clark of MLive Media Group.

 

No cameras were allowed to capture the evidence.

 

But Clark, a public safety reporter for our media partner, the Jackson Citizen Patriot, was in the court room as the judge examined new evidence.

 

“We watched a Facebook Live video,” Clark said.

 

Clark says the 25 minute video from November, 2016, shows a man identified as Gelia in a troubled mental state, drinking alcohol and making threats.

    

The suspect is later seen pounding on the door of a house on Jefferson Street in Jackson, and moments later the Facebook feed goes black.

 

“I’m not sure what happened with it but you can clearly hear the audio, what’s going on, and you can hear screaming and commotion and gunshots,” Clark said.

 

Investigators say Gelia went to the house because of a previous Facebook feud with his brother, who lived there.

 

Police believe Brittany Southwell was just an innocent bystander.

 

She was shot and killed as she held her baby boy.

 

Prosecutors recently discovered the video on Gelia’s cell phone and say they plan to present it to the jury.

 

Gelia’s defense tried to block the video from evidence, calling it “extremely prejudicial”

    

But the judge had the final say.

 

“He decided that he was going to allow it in total tomorrow when the trial starts,” Clark said.

The trial is now scheduled to start Tuesday morning with jury selection.

 

We’ll be there every step of the way so stay with 6 News for updates.

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