Jurors see chase of Oakwood home invasion suspects

Jahaad Marshall faces a host of charges in five Raleigh home invasion style robberies.
March 24, 2014 3:23:59 PM PDT
Jurors listening to evidence in the case of a man accused of a series of home invasion style robberies in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood watched video of police chasing him Monday.

Jahaad Marshall, 27, faces a host of charges in five robberies going back to December 2012.

Prosecutors say Jahaad and his brother Shabar - who was 16 at the time of the crimes - shot a homeowner in the back during one of the robberies as the man tried to protect his wife from sexual assault. Jason Beyer was left paralyzed.

In court Monday, jurors first watched pictures from surveillance cameras around the Oakwood neighborhood. One of those cameras captured an older model, light colored sedan passing by.

A neighbor two doors down testified he heard a shrill scream then saw a man dragging a garbage bag down the street to the sedan. He followed in his car, but the sedan sped away.

So, he returned to the neighborhood and gave police a partial license plate number and description of the car. Officers soon caught up to the car  on New Bern Avenue, but lost sight of it as it fled at speeds up to 90 miles an hour. The car later crashed and Jahaad Marshall and his teenage brother were captured nearby.

On the witness stand Monday, a Raleigh police officer testified robbery and shooting victim Jason Beyer's wallet was found near the crash scene.

In the meantime, the first investigator on the scene arrived at Beyer's home.

"He kept trying to shift his torso to sit up. I kept telling him to just lay there and not to move. But he constantly tried to throw his body up to sit up. He used his arms to throw his body up to sit himself up," said Raleigh Police Department detective C. Wagner.

"Was he able to do that?" asked prosecutor Boz Zellinger.

"He was not," said Wagner.

Beyer is now confined to a wheelchair. He's also expected to testify at the trial. Doctors say the bullet that hit him missed his heart by just an inch.

The two brothers are being tried separately. Shabar Marshall has already admitted to 15 total charges including first-degree sex offense and attempted murder in the incident at the Beyer's home. He remains charged in the other home invasions.

Jahaad Marshall is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of attempted murder, one count of attempted first-degree rape and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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