Video: Emotions run high as Jersey City man shot in face by cop is found guilty on all counts

 

Emotions ran high in a Jersey City courtroom this afternoon after a jury found a man who had been shot in the face by a police officer more than three years ago guilty on aggravated assault and all other charges against him.

As state Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale finishes talking to the jurors, defendant Kwadir Felton, 22, sobs.

As he continues crying, his mother, Dawn Felton, collapses in the gallery and first sounds like she is hyperventilating and then becomes inconsolable, clutching her heart.

Kwadir Felton, who was blinded in the shooting, professes his innocence and accuses the officers who testified during the trial of lying. He becomes so agitated he starts taking his shirt and tie off.

He was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and/or conspiracy to possess controlled substances with intent to distribute PCP, heroin, and marijuana; possession of a firearm during the course of committing a drug offense; unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit; possessing a firearm with the purpose to use it unlawfully against a person or property of another; and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm.

The prosecution argued successfully that Felton pointed a gun at the officer, who was working undercover and sitting in a car, on the night of Jan. 10, 2010.

Felton, who took the stand during the trial, contended that he had no gun.

He told the court he “never possessed any drugs” and was “just aware of what was around.”

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Jury begins deliberations in case of Jersey City man shot in face

After being charged with the case by the judge for 90 minutes
this morning, the jury in the case of a Jersey City man charged with aggravated
assault and other offenses after being shot in the eye in 2010 have begun their
deliberations.

Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez instructed the
jury in the case of Kwadir Felton, 22, before the panel was then escorted into an adjacent room to begin their
deliberations.

The jury, consisting of seven women and five men, will sort
through the evidence in the four-week case.

Felton is accused of pointing a loaded gun at Jersey City
Police Sgt. Thomas McVicar, who then shot Felton in the face. Felton maintains
he had no gun.

Yesterday, defense attorney Brooke Barnett and Deputy Attorney
General Ray Mateo gave their closing statements in the case. 

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Defense calls investigator in case of teen shot in face by police and charged with multiple counts

A Jersey City detective who investigated at the scene after a teen was shot in the face by a police officer he is accused of trying to rob is on the stand this morning, called to testify by the defense.

Detective Timothy Coyle is going over reports from Jan. 10, 2010, when Kwadir Felton, now 21, of Jersey City,  was shot by an undercover police sergeant doing surveillance in
Greenville. Authorities say Felton was pointing a loaded
handgun at the officer and attempting
to rob him when he was shot and blinded.

Coyle wasn’t at the scene during the shooting but rather was among the investigators afterward.

Last week, a defense witness testified he saw no gun.

Felton is charged with multiple counts of
conspiracy to distribute drugs, weapons offenses and aggravated assault in the
case.

It is undecided whether he will take the stand this afternoon, but the defense is expected to wrap up the case shortly with closing arguments to be heard either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

The case is being tried in front of state Superior Court Judge Mitzy
Galis-Menendez.

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