A Baltimore County jury on Friday morning watched the interview film on the fifth day of Dawnta Harris’ felony murder trial in the death of Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio. Baltimore County police released to the public video from Caprio’s body camera, which the jury had seen Tuesday.
During cross examination, defense attorney Warren Brown asked whether anyone had told police the boy had entered any of the houses the other teens are accused of burglarizing that day.
“Not inside,” the detective answered. “No.”
Knowledge of the break-ins alone does not constitute proof Harris was involved in them, Brown told reporters outside the Towson courthouse.
“Knowledge is not enough; mere presence is not enough,” Brown said. “You’ve got to do something before you are now a part of this conspiracy. There’s just nothing there to carry that ball across the goal line.”
Defense attorney J. Wyndal Gordon called the homicide detective back to the stand Monday afternoon as the defense’s sole witness.
Objections from Assistant State’s Attorney Robin Coffin and more than half a dozen bench conferences peppered the contentious exchange between Gordon and Barton.
The detective acknowledged that he did not know who had stolen the Jeep that Harris was driving.
Given that the group drove to Perry Hall together from Baltimore, the teenager’s lawyer asked the detective how else Harris would have gotten home, but for riding back in the vehicle with the other teens.
“He could’ve walked away from them at any time,” Barton replied.
Jurors saw a photo of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio’s blood on the pavement and heard neighbors and police describe their recollections of the day she was killed on Wednesday, the second day of the trial of Dawnta Harris, one of the teens charged in her death.
Gordon asked Barton if he could see Harris behind the wheel in the body camera footage. He asked Barton to demonstrate Caprio’s stance and position in relation to the Jeep and her patrol car before she was run over.
“We are not taught how to take shooting positions with cars trying to run us over,” Barton said.
As they went back and forth about their conclusions from the body-camera footage, both became visibly frustrated.
“Is there any reason you don’t want to answer my question?” Gordon said at one point.