CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team obtained exclusive police body camera video from the scene of a deadly shooting. It shows that what police first find at a scene can be misleading.
The shooting of Bernard Bell on Cleveland’s east side happened in 2015. Cleveland just released the video to the I-Team now that the case has been through the courts.
When officers arrived, they found a woman had pulled the trigger and the victim had gone to the hospital.
Adaira Horton told officers she shot an old friend and ex-lover in self-defense. The video shows she told police, “He takes the screen door. Yank it open. Take me by the neck. He`s like, ‘You gonna have to kill me. You gonna have to kill me. You about to kick it without me? You gonna have to kill me.' I took the gun. I shoot him. He`s like, ‘You really shot me.’ I`m sorry for that.”
Police found the gun on the counter. But the video shows officers were surprised because they found no blood or sign of a struggle where the woman said it all happened.
Horton was arrested. The video also reveals people praying at the time as police investigated.
Horton was later indicted for aggravated murder.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutors said investigators later found a security camera showing the shooting happened outside the home as the victim was walking away.
Court records said Horton pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and she was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Prosecutors said her brother also pleaded guilty to obstruction of official business for lying to police.
In the end, the body camera video gives us a rare look at what police see as they start to try to figure out what happened. Sometimes, the mystery includes an unexpected twist.