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Surveillance Time Stamp Crucial Evidence

A surveillance time stamp can be used as evidence to convict a criminal.

Kendrick Morris is currently on trial in Florida for a brutal rape conviction. Merely 7 minutes after the crime, Morris was caught on Wal-Mart surveillance footage. The location of the camera system was only over a mile away. Could Morris have been shopping when this crime took place, or is the time stamp wrong? Wal-Mart claims the time on their surveillance cameras was, indeed, incorrect?

Here is an excerpt from the St. Petersburg Times:

“Jurors spent the morning watching surveillance video of Morris on the night of the attack, wandering the aisles of a Walmart alone.

While the video itself doesn’t seem like much — Morris perusing greeting cards, examining electronics — how jurors interpret it will establish Morris’ whereabouts that night.

Jurors heard two different stories about that piece of evidence, which they learned was imperfect.

If they believe the defense, Morris went to Walmart twice the night of the rape, once at 11:34 p.m. and once an hour before that, at 10:22 p.m. That first time is only seven minutes after the attack started at the library, more than a mile away.

The defense raises a question

Would Morris have had enough time to attack a young woman at a book drop, move her to a field behind a library, rape her and casually stroll into the store?

If jurors believe prosecutors, that answer is yes, because their witnesses say Morris only went to Walmart once that night, at 11:34 p.m. He was never there at 10:22 p.m. The time stamp, they say, is wrong.

Here’s the explanation

Four cameras over the doors show Morris walking in at 10:22 p.m. and exiting at 11:06 p.m. All other store cameras show him walking the aisles after 11:34 p.m. Power surges often cause cameras to fall out of time, testified Walmart loss prevention coordinator Roberto Soto.

He said all the cameras capture only one trip, and that Morris entered Walmart only once, more than an hour after the rape.

To prove that, prosecutors pointed out a man in white shorts entering the store just before Morris. The man is pictured shopping at 10:22 p.m. or after 11:30 p.m., depending on the video.”

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The moral of the story is to check your surveillance cameras. Make sure the time is correct. You never know when it could help aid in a crime investigation.

A special THANK YOU to S. Edwards for bringing this article to our attention.

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