Following the jury conviction of a St. Louis man for murder, prosecutors responding to an open records request Thursday released security camera footage used in court showing beer splashed on a man’s shoes, words being exchanged and then a fatal shooting.
A jury on Wednesday convicted Lamarc R. Garrett, 35, of St. Louis, of shooting and killing Oscar C. Carbajal at a Phillips 66 convenience store on Illinois 3 in Sauget. The shooting was at 5 a.m. Sept. 5, 2015.
In trial this week, witnesses described the conflict leading up to the shooting.
They said Garrett approached one of Carbajal’s friends, Fernando de la Torre, at the gas station around 5 a.m. and asked him for one of his beers.
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They told jurors that Carbajal got out of the car he was in and came up to de la Torre, thinking the man was “trying to start something.” Carbajal called Garrett a racial slur and said black people “want everything for free.” He then urged his friend not to hand over a beer, according to accounts.
At one point, de la Torre dropped the case of beer as he was trying to hand it to Carbajal, breaking some of the bottles and splashing beer onto Garrett’s shoes.
Though Carbajal was not the one who dropped the beer, he had hurled racial insults at Garrett.
Prosecutors argued that Garrett can then be seen going back to his rented Ford Fusion and returning to shoot Carbajal.
The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office released the surveillance footage in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the BND.