Confession video played for jury in Kathy Blair murder trial
Shawn Gant-Benalcazar has yet to say anything to the jury in his capital murder trial, but on Friday the jury continued to listen to him speak on a video recorded three years ago.
"I wouldn't know, I wasn’t going to be involved in it at all," said Gant-Benalcazar on the video.
He was being questioned about the 2014 murder of Kathy Blair. With each passing hour his denials, his demeanor and his confidence visibly changed. Just as his story changed.
As a result, detectives went from considering him as a potential witness to a prime suspect.
"We know that you did it ... we need to understand why" asked APD Detective Deerek Israel.
About halfway through the interview with detectives, Gant-Benalcazar admitted he went to Blair's house with a friend, identified as Tim Parlin. He claims they drove to the house and Parlin ordered him to go inside.
“He kept telling me, he wanted me to kill her, but I didn’t. She didn’t surprise me or anything, she never woke up," said Gant-Benalcazar on the video.
When detectives pressed, the story changed again and the confession came out.
"She woke up, she lunged at me, grabbed the knife, started trying to wrestle it out of my hand and then it was a struggle and I stabbed her in the neck. I didn't even want to do it, I was just, it was, I was trying to get the jewelry without doing it," said Gant-Benalcazar on the video.
When Blair fell to the floor her last words, according to Gant-Benalcazar, were ‘go away.’
Prosecutors say the confession along with the forensic evidence collected from Blair’s home clearly ties Gant-Benalcazar to the crime.