Jury Trial Begins 2016 Sonic Fatal Shooting, Lawyer Wants Surveillance Footage Banned

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — On Monday morning, the early stages of a murder trial are set to take place for a fatal shooting that occurred in 2016.

Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. in the capital murder case of Dacedric Ward.

In a motion filed Sunday, court records show Ward’s attorney is asking that surveillance footage of the incident be barred from the trial, or acknowledge the existence of the video.

Court records say the move is in anticipation that the state will attempt to introduce testimony or evidence referencing the footage from the scene. Ward’s attorney says in the motion that they did not receive a copy of the video.

The motion goes on to allege that the state said the surveillance video did not exist, referring to previous court records stating the footage was “unrecoverable” and “therefore lost.” Despite this, the motion says the state is expected to call multiple witnesses to testify regarding the “non-existent video.”

For this reason, court records indicate that several key pieces of evidence are expected to reference the “missing video.”

Later Sunday evening, the state responded by saying the petition was “untimely,” citing a deadline for both parties to file petitions by February 15. The court document says even more time was granted, extending the deadline to March 8.

Ward faces a capital murder charge in a shooting at the Sonic on County Line Road in Madison. The incident marked the first homicide of the year. Then-Madison Police Captain Terrell Cook released the victim’s name at a press conference. Jason Ender West, 18, of Madison, was killed.

Police at the time said they discovered during the investigation that the victim had been shot during a robbery, possibly involving an illegal narcotics transaction. Police later say Ward and another suspect, Trevor Cantrell, told West they would sell him Xanax — but actually intended to steal it.

Ward is accused of shooting West in the chest.

According to online court records, a jury trial for the capital murder case against Cantrell is set to begin April 18 in Limestone County.

Cantrell also faces a separate arson charge for a fire started at the Limestone County Jail. In a letter to the judge requesting a new attorney, Cantrell said he rarely hears from his court-appointed attorney and believes the attorney “lacks criminal defense.”

If convicted, Ward faces between 10 years in prison and a life sentence.


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