Court rules to allow video evidence in trial of smoke shop clerk accused in fatal shooting

Deadly smoke shop shooting (KSNV file)

The owner of a smoke shop, accused of fatally shooting a 13-year-old intruder in the back, says he was in fear of his life.

Attorneys for Raad Sunna won a court ruling allowing security video into evidence. It shows how three people were dressed as they entered his smoke shop last December.

“He acted in self-defense. He was petrified. And, I believe that this video will help show a jury what it was that Raad saw that day,” says Paola Armeni, one of Sunna’s attorneys.

Sunna is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Fabricio Patti. The trial is currently on track to begin in October.

Judge Jennifer Togliatti, who allowed the video, said it holds evidentiary value.

“I’m saying questions of fact about what the alleged victim looked like—multiple layers of clothes make you look bigger. Wrapping a tee shirt, does it make you look like a terrorist—scary? Those are all going to be at play in this trial,” Togliatti said.

Sunna, who is free on bail and wears an ankle monitor, was not present for Thursday's ruling.

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