BCI prepares to re-create fatal police shooting scene

EAST CLEVELAND -- Saturday morning, an East Cleveland school will transform into a crime scene.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is re-creating the final scene of the fatal police chase that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams outside Heritage Middle School after police fired 137 shots into their car back in November 2012.

We know that the scene will be staged around 10:30 in the morning and that it could take a few hours to complete.

The public is allowed to watch from the sidewalk -- and that includes protesters.

While the families of Russell and Williams are suing the city for alleged excessive force among other claims, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office is still piecing together what happened that night.

"I'm not putting a time on it until we are done and done right. I want everything in that's possible," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

Some law enforcement say that every piece of evidence, including the police cars and bullet riddled car, will return to the scene for the re-creation.

But others question why it will take place in the morning, when the actual shooting happened at night.

Some also question why the re-creation is necessary when a computerized diagram already outlines the events of the chase.

The case is still in the hands of the grand jury, and it's unclear whether members will witness the re-creation.


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