Yesterday's trial resulting in a not guilty verdict for Elston McCowan and Perry Molens hinged on the testimony of witnesses. Setting aside all of the peripheral evidence, the case came down to two witnesses for the prosecution stating they saw McCowan and Molens attack Gladney, versus a witness for the defense who made the claim that Kenneth started the "fight" by slapping the hand of Elston McCowan.
It was up to the jury to determine which witness testimony was most reliable. The $10,000 defense strategy was not to claim Elston was assaulted and did nothing. It was to claim Elston and Perry acted in self-defense. Note this is in direct conflict with the statements Elston has made for two years of being attacked and not fighting back.
It was their legal right to change the story for the trial, but bringing in a new witness is a different matter. As we pointed out years ago, there were no other witnesses to the beginning of the assault. The two people closest were Cheryl Johner (who pled guilty to assault of Kelly Owens), and the ponytailed man in jeans seen standing over McCowan in the opening sequence of the video. Neither testified.
Instead, there was a defense witness, still unnamed, who claims to have seen the beginning of the altercation. She was decribed as heavyset, with a cane.
Do you mean this woman? The one seen walking into the scene after the assault had taken place? The woman who slowly moves forward and who gets to the scene after David Brown (blue shirt), who did not see the initial assault? This is the witness?
The full video: You can see her just a few seconds in, clearly getting to the scene after it occurred.
As we verify the identity of this witness that stepped forward two years after the fact, it seems fair to question if she perjured herself, seeing as she arrived after the assault occurred. And if so, what can be done about it?