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Day Two In Qwante Rose Trial

Emotions where high during the trial in a homicide case out of Cambria County.

The trial was day two for a Johnstown man accused of killing a 19-year-old woman about two years ago.

Reporter Brock Owens was in the courtroom early today and has more on what happened.

Emotions were high in the courtroom today especially this morning two of the first police officers on scene talk about what they saw when they arrived.

Qwante Rose is accused of killing 19 year old Jaydin Sanderson and family and friends of Sanderson in attendance began crying as pictures were shown of the scene.

The emotion leading to an emotional outburst from Ssanderson’s Father and he pointed at and directed his frustration toward Rose leading the judge to banning him from the courtroom for the remainder of the trial.

Witnesses say it was New Year’s Day of 2022 when a call of an unconcious person in a car along Wood Street in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown came in.

An officer testifying today that he was first at the scene along with an EMT, and he saw blood and who was later identified as Sanderson slumped over the center console in her car.

Investigators say there was a gaping hole in the back of her head and the left side of her body was quote saturated in blood.

Authorities say it seems like there was a struggle and one of Sanderson’s shoes was found underneath the car on the driver side.

The defense argues that there is no concrete evidence saying the gun was not accidentally fired and that investigators do not know exactly what time Sanderson was murdered.

They also alledge that multiple people confessed in this case.

Police say their investigation led them to Rose, especially after an unrelated incident in March 2022 led them to searching a car Rose uses and finding matching shell casings to one found in the back seat of Sanderson’s car a few months prior.

Rose is facing several charges including criminal homicide.

Testimony will continue Friday morning at 8:30.

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