“He said that he was innocent and that ‘I’m absolutely not going to take a deal,’” Jackson said.
No members of Chandler’s family spoke at Thursday’s hearing, but the victim’s mother said afterward that she was pleased with the sentence.
“I’m happy my son got his day in court,” Jean Bradford said.
Prem said that Chandler “hopefully will never get out of prison.”
“Mr. Woods deserved every day of the 36-to-life sentence he received,” Prem said.
Jackson says he expects the video interview to play a role in Woods’ appeal.
A doctor who treated Chandler testified during the trial that Chandler was able to communicate clearly. But the defense argued that Chandler’s condition and drugs used to treat him could have hindered his ability to understand and respond during the police interview.
A jailhouse informant testified that Woods told him he shot at Chandler because he caught him buying drugs from someone else while still owing Woods money for drugs. But the defense argued that the informant, who faced armed robbery charges, was trying to get a lighter sentence for himself.
Legal experts say such cases — where prosecutors attempt to show a defendant was identified by a gesture — are unusual. Dying identifications relying on gestures rather than words are often not used in trials because of concern over reliability or differing interpretations. But some have been used in murder cases around the country that have resulted in convictions.