I-Team: A look inside Brennan’s Colony during murder investigation

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – On June 30, Cleveland Heights police knew they had their work cut out for them.

The beloved owner of Brennan’s Colony, Jim Brennan, was shot and killed inside his restaurant during an apparent robbery.

“When this incident happened, and we came up on the scene, we knew we had a large crime scene, we knew we had a very serious crime,” said Chief Jeffrey Robertson said.

Finding out who committed the murder, getting convictions, and ultimately justice, for Brennan’s family, was Robertson’s main concern.

“We contacted BCI, and BCI was here within an hour, secured the scene so we were able to go pursue the perpetrators of the crime -- it was huge,” Robertson said.

Four arrests were made, and police were able to get full confessions.

Now, they need to prepare for possible trials. So on Tuesday, the state Bureau of Criminal Identification was back at Brennan’s Colony, this time with a new tool: the Leica Scan Station.

Fox 8’s I-Team got an exclusive look as BCI Agents began to use it inside Brennan’s Colony.

“This technology allows us to accurately depict the crime scene, to document the crime scene, and it records millions of precise measurements with a laser,” said Dan Winterich, of BCI.

So what would have taken Cleveland Heights police at least two days to do was done Tuesday in about five hours.

“For a complex scene just not possible with old traditional ways, like tape measures,” said BCI Agent Dennis Sweet.

BCI agents used the equipment to take measurements of the entire facility. When they are done, jurors will be able to get a real life look at the crime scene.

“It’s a great tool to explain a crime scene to a jury,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “I started as a county prosecutor, and it's always a challenge to explain to a jury what did it really look like at the time, and this way they can see it.”

DeWine says he plans to purchase five more of the scanners so they can be used throughout the state.

For extended coverage on the shooting at Brennan's Colony, click here.

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