Saggy pants could ruin disguise in Fresno murder caught on camera

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A Fresno store clerk's murder was caught on camera, but as trial begins for the two accused killers, defense attorneys say it's still a whodunnit. (KFSN)

A Fresno store clerk's murder was caught on camera, but as trial begins for the two accused killers, defense attorneys say it's still a whodunnit.

Surveillance video clearly shows the murder of Kashmir Manes. Two men burst into his southeast Fresno convenience store in August 2012.

One of them shot Manes. Masks disguised their identities, but prosecutors say they know who did it.

"The evidence in this case, ladies and gentlemen, will reveal the men behind the masks," said prosecutor Sam Dalesandro.

He says Dwayne Dodson and Christopher Roberts are those men, and they're now on trial for murder.

But defense attorneys say police arrested the wrong guys, and the video might prove it. Ralph Torres is Dodson's lawyer and he says police actually investigated another man whose clothes could connect him to the crime.

"They found the exact same outfit at his home," Torres said. "The exact same outfit."

Prosecutors say you'll really see the exact same clothes in another video, taken about an hour before the crime at another convenience store, and Dwayne Dodson was wearing them.

Clothes could tie Roberts to the crime as well, thanks to a pair of pants that wouldn't stay up.

"During the murder, he was wearing purple underwear with a gray band and the evidence will show that when he was caught he was wearing the same underwear," Dalesandro said.

Roberts definitely makes an appearance in surveillance video from the scene of the crime, a couple hours before the robbery. And while his underwear isn't visible during this visit, his shoes are.

Dalesandro called the black and white sneakers "distinctive" and said the suspect who seemed to have his long hair covered during the robbery and murder was wearing the same shoes.

Roberts' attorney, Margarita Martinez-Baly, says the shoes prove nothing.

"These shoes, these 'distinctive shoes'," she said while making air quotes. "The evidence will show they're common."

Jurors will now see about two months' worth of evidence before deciding if it is Dodson and Roberts caught on camera.
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