Bellaire's Daughter Testifies at Murder Trial
POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 2:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm
As the voice of a grieving daughter filled the courtroom, jurors listened as Gaylen Bellaire, the daughter of Henry Bellaire, revisited the night her father was murdered.
"I thought she was excellent considering that she went through that traumatic event. She replayed it back in her mind like she has since it's happened and I thought she was perfect,” said prosecutor Tony Clayton.
Gaylen Bellaire told the court that on Feburary 28th, 2007, she remembered hearing one of three suspects demanding money from her father. And at one point, told him to drop his shorts.
When her father didn't comply with the suspects demands, they told him to bring her out. Gaylen Bellaire says she was standing near the garage during the attempted robbery. She says seconds later, someone pulled the trigger.
"I'm 200 percent sure Jauve Collins shot my father,” said Bellaire.
Defense attorney Steve Moore brought up what he describes as conflicts regarding Gaylens descriptions of the shooter. He challenged her choice of words to describe the complexion and size of the shooter.
"Being a defense attorney, I think they're reaching for stuff reaching for straws,” said Talvard Smith.
"There were three people out there. She's adamant about who the look-outs were, and he had on a hood. I asked her in court to put the hood on his head is that the person its no doubt who the shooter was."
Although no weapon was ever found, prosecutor Tony Clayton is confident that the three testimonies will reveal the truth.
"It’s just a sad occurrences. I knew Mr. Bellaire personally. I think the state has a very strong case and hopefully justice will prevail,” said Clayton.
Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases this afternoon. Court will resume Thursday morning with closing arguments. If convicted, Collins could face a life sentence.