Cell Video to Take Center Stage in McDonald’s Trial

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CLEVELAND, Ohio—Opening statements are scheduled to get underway on Tuesday in the trial of two women accused of running down five people in a McDonald's parking lot, during the fast food chain's National Hiring Day on April 19.

What started as a day of hope for hundreds of people applying for jobs at the McDonald's at East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue, turned to horror when 23-year-old Stacey Matthews allegedly got into a physical altercation, put her car into reverse, plowed into the victims and then fled the scene.

Injured in the collision, were a job applicant, two employees of the McDonald's, a security guard and the owner of the franchise, who suffered swelling and bleeding of the brain.

A bystander captured the incident on a cell phone camera, and the video is expected to play a major role in the trial of Matthews, who faces charges that include five counts of felonious assault.

Also standing trial, is Matthews' co-defendant, 24-year-old Cedrica Johnson.

Prosecutors said Johnson was the passenger in Matthews' car, and had allegedly been recruited by Matthews to confront two rivals who were waiting in the McDonald's application line.

Attorney Myron Watson, who represents Matthews, said he plans to use video of the incident obtained by Fox 8 News. Watson says he will tell the jury that Matthews was being attacked while she was in her car, and backed up in the McDonald's parking lot because she felt she was in danger and was trying to escape.

But prosecutors have indicated that it was Matthews and Johnson who showed up at McDonald's looking for a fight, and it was Matthews who made a conscious decision to back up, knowing that people were standing behind the car.

Stick with Fox 8 News and FOX8.com for updates on this developing story, as they become availableCLEVELAND, Ohio—
Opening statements are scheduled to get underway on Tuesday in the trial of two women accused of running down five people in a McDonald's parking lot, during the fast food chain's National Hiring Day on April 19.

What started as a day of hope for hundreds of people applying for jobs at the McDonald's at East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue, turned to horror when 23-year-old Stacey Matthews allegedly got into a physical altercation, put her car into reverse, plowed into the victims and then fled the scene.

Injured in the collision, were a job applicant, two employees of the McDonald's, a security guard and the owner of the franchise, who suffered swelling and bleeding of the brain.

A bystander captured the incident on a cell phone camera, and the video is expected to play a major role in the trial of Matthews, who faces charges that include five counts of felonious assault.

Also standing trial, is Matthews' co-defendant, 24-year-old Cedrica Johnson.

Prosecutors said Johnson was the passenger in Matthews' car, and had allegedly been recruited by Matthews to confront two rivals who were waiting in the McDonald's application line.

Attorney Myron Watson, who represents Matthews, said he plans to use video of the incident obtained by Fox 8 News. Watson says he will tell the jury that Matthews was being attacked while she was in her car, and backed up in the McDonald's parking lot because she felt she was in danger and was trying to escape.

But prosecutors have indicated that it was Matthews and Johnson who showed up at McDonald's looking for a fight, and it was Matthews who made a conscious decision to back up, knowing that people were standing behind the car.

Stick with Fox 8 News and FOX8.com for updates on this developing story, as they become available.