A veteran Michigan homicide prosecutor who is an expert in courtroom technology helped assemble videotape and other images into a Powerpoint presentation that will be used to prosecute the cases arising from the Detroit basketball brawl, the Detroit News reports. Five members of the Indiana Pacers and seven fans were charged yesterday after a review of 10 video feeds and more than 1,000 pages of reports.
The video shown by Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca mapped out 15 criminal acts he said unfolded much like dominos — as chaos took over. “This isn’t a CSI case, but it was difficult trying to identify some of the people,” said Auburn Hills, Mi., police Lt. James Manning. Gorcyca said that video clearly shows that fan John Green prompted Pacer Ron Artest’s charge into the stands after hitting him with a cup. Green is Gorcyca’s former neighbor. “In my mind, he single-handedly incited this whole situation,” said Gorcyca. Green was charged with two counts of assault and battery, one for allegedly throwing the cup and a second for allegedly striking Artest from behind.