Danbury murder case begins

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Information on the Mambo Cafe murder case has been released in a probable cause hearing last Friday.

Garfield Sanderson, 20, who is accused of shooting Jeliel Kingston, 23, after a late-night fight at the cafe on Elm Street. Sanderson had his first probable cause hearing August 1.

Garfield Sanderson, right, represented by Public Defender Mark Johnson, is arraigned in Danbury Superior Court Monday morning, May 12, 2014. Sanderson was arrested on a warrant stemming from the May 3 incident which took the life of Jeliel Kingston, 23, of Bridgeport. Photo: Carol Kaliff

Garfield Sanderson, right, represented by Public Defender Mark Johnson, is arraigned in Danbury Superior Court Monday morning, May 12, 2014. Sanderson was arrested on a warrant stemming from the May 3 incident which took the life of Jeliel Kingston, 23, of Bridgeport. Photo: Carol Kaliff

During the testimony, the Danbury officer who found Kingston’s body said she was part of a group of police trying to break up the crowd coming out of the cafe just before 2 a.m.

Officer Michelle Stavile said she was walking along White Street with another officer when she saw two flashed of light and heard two gunshots.

She saw a man in a gray T-shirt and dark pants with his arm extended, and said she could tell by the sound that the shots had come from a hand gun.

She said the other officer found Kingston on the sidewalk along White Street near Main. He later died at Danbury Hospital

Prosecutors also showed a long clip of surveillance footage from a nearby video store.

A brief section shows Kingston walking across the street before suddenly diving into some bushes.The shooter was not visible in the video.

The continuation for the probable cause hearing in the Mambo Cafe murder case will reconvene on August 28. 

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Skyler Magnoli

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