Testimony Continues in Banks Trial

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - On Thursday jurors heard from another ten witnesses in Zecary Banks' attempted murder trial. One of them ID'd Banks in court as the shooter.

Banks is accused of shooting five people in Patrick's Pub on July 28 2016. 

Jurors heard from several Elmira Police officers as well as the manager at Dollar General; where the firearm allegedly used in the shooting was found.

Responding officers said they went around the pub taking photographs of the scene before physically picking up any evidence. They said they searched the bar thoroughly for evidence, but that the back patio wasn't searched until hours later. Officers said they found a bloody $100 bill, a grey hat, some blood stains, and a damaged fence in the patio area.

Then jurors heard from the manager at Dollar General, where the alleged firearm used in the shooting was found a week later. He said it looked like the gun was tossed up on the roof of a garage adjacent to the store and then slid down about two feet before a customer spotted it and told management.

An Elmira Police Officer said he went to Dollar General on Aug. 4 to retrieve the Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver. He said no latent fingerprints were found on the gun, but there were five spent shell casings in the chambers.

Another witness told the jury that she's absolutely certain Banks was the shooter.

She said she's known Banks for about six years as he's a longtime friend of her daughter's father. She also said she spoke with Banks on the patio behind the pub that night; then later saw him fire 5 shots toward the bar.

Defense attorney Jack Kotchick pressed her on why she didn't tell police Banks was the shooter in her initial interview. She said it was because she didn't want to get involved, fearing retaliation.

Court is in recess until 1 p.m. Friday. The prosecution is expected to call forensic experts to testify.


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