HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Taser video that captured the shooting of David Kassick, 59, was shown on the first day of Lisa Mearkle’s murder trial.
The video shows Kassick in jeans and a black jacket. You can see Taser wires hanging from his back as he falls to his side on the snow-covered ground. His hands are visible. You can hear officer Mearkle yelling “Get on the ground. Show me your hands.”
You can also hear Kassick’s brother yelling “do what she says.”
For a brief moment, one of Kassick’s hands can not be seen on the video.
You can hear Kassick groaning as he is lying on the ground. Mearkle continues to yell. Kassick rolls on to his stomach and Mearkle fires two shots into his back. Mearkle yells once again for Kassick to show his hands. The video shows both of his hands on the ground in front of his face. Kassick is still alive as the video ends.
One juror cried, another grabbed her face in shock.
“I felt what I always felt when I see that video, “said Johnny Baer, senior deputy district attorney for Dauphin County. “It is powerful and to me no matter how many times I see it, it is still pretty shocking.”
The prosecution showed the video twice and is asking the jury to make two decisions.
“Was this something that had to be done? Was it immediately necessary in those few seconds to take a life to save a life and in the totality were her actions reasonable under those circumstances? Those to me are the two critical issues that they will have to decide,” said Baer.
Mearkle says she shot Kassick in self-defense because she thought he had a weapon. Mearkle is expected to take the stand in her own defense. The trial will resume Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 3 at the Dauphin County Courthouse.