Mesa police officer wants to take stand in Brailsford murder trial to change his testimony

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 02:57:39 AM. A Mesa police officer who testified in the murder trial wants to take the stand again to change his testimony after reading a news article.
A Mesa police officer who testified this week in a murder trial of a former colleague accused of unjustifiably shooting an unarmed man wants to take the stand again to change his testimony after reading a news article. Officer Brian Elmore, a witness for the prosecution, testified on Tuesday that he didn't see an imminent threat shortly before former Mesa police Officer Philip "Mitch" Brailsford shot Daniel Shaver, 26, five times in January 2016. During redirect, when a lawyer questions his or her witness for the second time, Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel noted that Elmore didn't fire his AR-15 and asked Elmore if he saw an "imminent threat." "At that moment, no," Elmore responded.  But earlier in his testimony, when Brailsford's defense lawyer questioned him, Elmore said it was "possible" he may have shot Shaver, who was on his knees sobbing, begging not to be shot, if he saw the same threat Brailsford saw.   The prosecutor's office has charged Brailsford with second-degree murder and the former officer could be facing 10 to 25 years in prison if the jury convicts him. Brailsford has said he shot Shaver because he had raised his right hand, appearing to him that Shaver was reaching for a weapon. On Wednesday, Elmore's lawyer, Robert Jarvis, told the judge that his client misunderstood Charbel's question and thought Charbel had asked if Elmore needed to shoot, not whether he saw a threat. Jarvis said Elmore read a news article on Wednesday morning and realized he...Read more
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