Cell Phone Video Captures Violence over a Video Game Console

March 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jonquel Brooks is on trial for shooting and killing 19-year-old Brant Daniels. Chilling testimony Wednesday in a Fresno courtroom about deadly violence over a video gaming system.

Jonquel Brooks is on trial for shooting and killing 19-year-old Brant Daniels.

Guillermo Meneses said, "They thought Quel had stolen the Playstation 2 console." "Quel" is what Meneses calls his former roommate Jonquel Brooks. A judge ordered the media not to show Meneses' face in court.

Both men lived at the University Village Apartments where chaos broke out in May 2007. Meneses said 19-year-old Brant Daniels and several friends came into their apartment trying to retrieve a stolen Sony Playstation. Meneses said, "But then I actually started hearing an exchange of bad words and that's when I saw it wasn't a normal conversation."

Meneses captured part of the confrontation on his cell phone. A warning shot Meneses could be heard on the video. Meneses said Brooks fired the shot.

Brooks is on trial for murdering Daniels and also shooting two other men including Drew Pfeiff. Pfeiff is seen loaded into an ambulance. Eventually he is expected to testify.

But Brooks' attorney Jane Boulger called the shooting: self defense. Boulger claimed the cell phone video shows the victims, storming into brooks' apartment, demanding a Playstation that actually belonged to her client.

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