Prosecutors rest situation in opposition to teens billed in woman’s deadly shooting | Criminal offense & Courts

Prosecutors rested their circumstance against 3 Citrus County young adults accused of firing a stray…

Prosecutors rested their circumstance against 3 Citrus County young adults accused of firing a stray bullet that fatally struck Sandra Ryder when she was outside the house her Homosassa property.

When they rested their case Tuesday, Aug. 31, assistant condition lawyers Blake Shore and Kevin Davis experienced termed 13 witnesses due to the fact the trial started Monday.

Person protection lawyers for Zoey Ellan Andersen, Jason Byron Simms Jr. and Joseph Shane Finn are predicted Wednesday morning to argue a motion for Circuit Courtroom Choose Richard “Ric Howard to dismiss the case against their clientele because of to a absence of proof.

A wayward bullet fatally struck 58-12 months-aged Ryder the early afternoon of Nov. 21, 2018, after she helped her spouse, John Ryder, go over a generator in their detached garage on the 6100 block of West Wayward Loop.

Sandra Ryder

In link to Ryder’s loss of life, the Condition Attorney’s Place of work in April 2019 charged Andersen, Simms and Finn as juveniles with manslaughter and unlawfully taking pictures firearms.

At the time of the alleged capturing, Andersen was 13 many years aged Simms and Finn had been 14.

Howard, and not a jury, will render a verdict. If Howard convicts the teens, the choose can sentence them to possibly probation or incarceration in just a youth detention facility.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Business office (CCSO) Sgt. Evan Marshall, who was the guide detective in the scenario, testified Tuesday to interviewing the teenagers independently immediately after responding to the capturing. Shore played the recorded interviews for Howard.

According to their interviews and Marshall’s testimony, the teens explained they grabbed a shotgun and rifle from the bedroom of Andersen’s father, who was functioning at the time.

They took the firearms out to a woodline throughout the street from Andersen’s house and following to a discipline to the north of Ryder’s residence. 

John Ryder, who didn’t witness Ryder get shot, testified Monday to telling deputies responding to the taking pictures he heard gunshots coming from a northern way someday around noon, just before his spouse was shot.

He also claimed he heard gunfire earlier in the early morning coming from one more way.

Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Wolf testified Tuesday to performing Ryder’s autopsy the early morning soon after her loss of life.

Wolf stated a bullet entered the proper facet of Ryder’s lower jawbone, passed via her throat, “crushed” her spinal twine and exited out the again-left side of her neck.

Ryder’s loss of life was instantaneous, Wolf mentioned.

Other neighbors who also listened to gunshots led deputies in the way of Andersen’s residence off of West Region Club Travel. Deputies would afterwards discover Andersen, Finn, Simms and two other teenagers in a drop off of West Grant Road.

In their interviews, the teenagers explained to Marshall they have been taking pictures at the ground and trees in front of them. Prosecutors on Monday played a Snapchat video of Andersen’s firing what appeared to be rifle ahead of her on the day of the capturing.

A single of two teenagers who have been with Andersen, Simms and Finn in the course of their alleged capturing testified Monday to hearing separate gunshots to the east of them.

CCSO Criminal offense Scene Technician David Pinner testified to recovering just one put in shotgun shell and 13 .30-caliber casings exactly where the teenagers ended up allegedly capturing — about 400 yards to the north of Ryder’s dwelling.

Christopher Van Bomel, a firearms analyst with the Florida Office of Legislation Enforcement, testified Tuesday to matching the expended ammunition with the guns — an more mature-design shotgun and an M1 carbine rifle — the teens admitted to firing.

Wolf did not get better a bullet or projectile from Ryder’s physique. Authorities uncovered a projectile Van Bomel said was not fired from the rifle in dilemma.

“It does not indicate it is not there,” Marshall testified. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Boasting the lethal gunshot came from elsewhere in addition to their purchasers, protection attorneys grilled Marshall and Pinner on the strategies they utilised to try and find the lethal bullet and its trajectory relevant to Ryder’s property.

Marshall drew a cone of his agency’s search place, which originated from Ryder’s human body and spread out to fields and woods to the northwest and north of Ryder’s residence, which includes exactly where the teens were being allegedly firing.

“It is 100% a straight line from wherever the shells are to where by the target was lying,” he stated.

Questioned if he could demonstrate a physical piece of evidence to connect the teens to Ryder’s demise, Marshall claimed the conditions, witness statements, in depth research and admissions positioned the teenagers driving the firearms shot close to a subject at the rear of Ryder’s dwelling.

“I have zero proof that there was anybody else in that subject besides the three defendants and two witnesses,” he reported.

Marshall added he doesn’t know which teen fired the fatal spherical, but is familiar with the rifle they shot was the murder weapon.

Prosecutors launched the university bus routes for Andersen and Simms in buy to exhibit the teenagers travelled by the Ryder neighborhood and realized there were being homes in their firing traces.