Henderson Trial: Video shows efforts to lift car off deputy
Deputy James Anderson
This is a photo of the vehicle that officers attempted to lift off of the fallen deputy.
OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Prosecution could rest its case Friday in the Gregory Henderson trial in Opelika. Henderson is accused of running over and killing Lee County sheriff's deputy, James Anderson, two years ago.
One of the first things presented to the jury Friday was a dash-cam video showing Deputy James Anderson pinned under a white vehicle.
The dash-cam was from Dan Scivicque's patrol car. He was one of the first deputies on the scene who tried lift the vehicle up off of Deputy Anderson.
Scivicque radios to dispatch, "He's not moving and he has vomited." The video shows the deputies desperate efforts to get the car off of their fellow deputy, with no luck. The jack keeps sinking into the dirt. Finally, a tow truck arrived and lifted the truck off of Deputy Anderson.
Dr. John Daniels, the physician who performed the autopsy on Deputy James Anderson, testified the deputy had numerous surface injuries to his body as well as internal injuries. He had severe trauma to the face. Several ribs were broken, fractured sternum. Deputy Henderson had internal bleeding and large burns on the back right side of his body. He had multiple scrapes and abrasions along the length of his body.
Dr. Daniels recounted Deputy Anderson died of traumatic asphyxia. Traumatic asphyxia occurs when someone's chest is crushed by some great weight. Eventually, that person can no longer get any oxygen to support brain and other organs.
They say Henderson tried to keep going, but the deputy's body stopped the car from moving - so instead the tires kept sinking into the ground, pressing the vehicle harder and harder on the deputy's body.
Thursday, the defense told the jury they knew Henderson was not walking out after this trial, but that he should not be convicted of capital murder - a lesser charge. Investigators believe Henderson was strung out on meth and did not know what he was doing.
The defense says in the dash-cam video that will be shown to the jury, Henderson is heard crying, saying it was an accident and that he wants to help get his car off of Deputy Anderson.
If convicted, Henderson could be given the death sentence.
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