Jurors hear audio at murder trial – Daily Freeman


KINGSTON, NY – Jurors in Corey Smith’s murder trial heard an audio recording on Monday that prosecutors said captured the sounds of gunfire and a woman shouted “Corey, no! Corey, no! as Ashley Dixon was shot in the Stuyvesant Charter apartments last year.

To a Freeman reporter, court officers and family members watching the proceedings on closed-circuit television in another part of the courthouse, the sound was largely unintelligible, with listeners only being able to hear this. which sounded like a loud bang and a lot of muffled sounds.

But in his opening statement to jurors on Thursday, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Gerard Van Loan told jurors they would hear three shots on the tape and hear Dixon’s girlfriend Janai Lawrence screaming ” Corey, no! As Smith, 36, fired his .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun at Dixon’s, hitting him in the neck, chest and arm.

On Monday, Senior Deputy District Attorney Gerard Van Loan said it was not clear whether Lawrence, who prosecutors said was an eyewitness to the shooting, would take the witness stand.

Lawrence was among those on the witness list and in his opening statements to the jury, Van Loan told jurors that Lawrence would testify that she drove Smith to the Stuyvesant Charter Apartments to meet Dixon, 31, and watched a few yards only Smith shot Dixon. Jurors were shown photos of what prosecutors said was Lawrence’s Mercedes Benz in the apartment complex on Thursday.

However, she has yet to appear on the witness stand and, following a conference with the judge on Monday, court proceedings were adjourned until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, with the judge telling jurors that “the matter is still in the hands of the people “but following” legal questions “, the proceedings of the day had to end.

Van Loan declined to comment on these pending legal issues.

When asked if Lawrence would appear on the witness stand on Tuesday, Van Loan shrugged and said “that remains to be seen”.

Dixon was shot and killed three times around 7.20 p.m. on February 11, 2020, near the 46 Sheehan Court apartment complex. He was pronounced dead shortly after at the HealthAlliance at the Hudson Valley Broadway Campus. On Friday, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy said Dixon was hit once in the left arm, once by a bullet that penetrated his neck, came out and tucked into the top of his right arm, and once to his chest by a bullet that fractured his ribs and punctured his esophagus and aorta before lodging in the left side of his chest.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that Smith was a member of the G-Shine subset of the Bloods street gang and Dixon was a member of the Sex, Money, Murder subset of the Bloods. They said Smith shot Dixon following a series of phone calls earlier today on February 11, 2020, including one that involved an “heated argument” about 30 minutes before the shooting, as Dixon had become a handicap for the gang.

William T. Martin, Smith’s attorney, has denied Smith’s involvement in a gang and so far prosecutors have made no mention of possible gang connections.

On Monday, State Police Senior Investigator Brian Salmon said he analyzed Smith’s Dodge Durango “infotainment system” and discovered that the vehicle was parked in the Styvestant Charter Apartments at the time. where Dixon was shot. He also identified a series of call logs taken from the car’s infotainment system.

State Police investigator David Meyers said Monday that Smith was driving this Dodge Durango the next day when he was arrested in New York.

Meyers said he was part of a contingent of police vehicles that arrested Smith around 4:30 p.m. on February 12, 2020. He said when he approached Smith, who had previously been arrested and was seated in the back of a police vehicle, Smith asked “is this an arrest warrant?” “

When questioned by Van Loan, Meyers said Smith’s question was spontaneous and did not answer any questions put to him, and said Smith asked the question “as soon as I got in the vehicle.”

During a preliminary hearing, Meyers said the only time he heard the term “body warrant” was in connection with a homicide or murder. However, he offered no such testimony on Monday. Meyers resisted Martin’s efforts during cross-examination, however, to say that a body warrant was just another way of saying arrest warrant.

Testimony at the trial will resume at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ulster County Courthouse.

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