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Day 8: Death threat against Officer Michael Brelo outside trial

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. (Source: WOIO) Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. (Source: WOIO)
Officer Brelo on trial. (Source: WOIO) Officer Brelo on trial. (Source: WOIO)
Alfredo Williams, brother of Malissa Williams, banned from courthouse (Source: WOIO) Alfredo Williams, brother of Malissa Williams, banned from courthouse (Source: WOIO)
There was more forensic evidence presented Wednesday in the trial of Officer Michael Brelo, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after the deadly police chase and shooting on Nov. 29, 2012.Today's evidence was overshadowed by an unprecedented event: a death threat against Brelo. The threat came from a man who our Paul Orlousky spoke to a couple of days ago, who was not happy with what is going on.

"I heard him say that if the officer wasn't convicted he would kill him himself," said a sheriff's deputy who reported hearing Malissa Williams' brother Alfredo threaten Brelo.

The man was banned from the courthouse and taken to the Sheriff's Department for further investigation.

Alfredo Williams will be charged with disorderly conduct.

"This is exactly what I had tried to avoid during this trial, you sir have confirmed my worst fears," said Judge John O'Donnell.

Earlier testimony Wednesday was medical.

"The location of this injury indicates that very soon after this bullet passes through the brain Timothy Russell is no longer breathing and his heart is no longer beating," said pathologist Dr. Andrea Wiens, who performed the autopsy on Russell.

It may be as close as we get to the identification of a kill shot: a wound from a bullet to the top of Timothy Russell's head. It was identified by Dr. Wiens

"This bullet injures the brain stem which harbors your respiratory centers and your heart rate centers and there is hemorrhage associated with this wound as well," said Dr. Wiens.

Prosecutors used X-rays, photographs that were too graphic to show, and the doctor's testimony to bolster their case that many wounds on Timothy Russell came from in front of him and from above him, exactly where they believe Michael Brelo was standing, on the hood of the Malibu when he fired.

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