Neighbors who helped police in iPad murder case testified Thursday

By Karen Castro | kcastro@8newsnow.com

Published 08/25 2016 10:22PM

Updated 08/25 2016 10:22PM

The two neighbors who helped police track down the suspected killer in the iPad murder case took the stand Thursday.

Michael Solid is on trial, accused of killing 15-year-old Marcos Arenas in 2013.  Solid was driving and ran over Marcos while Solid's friend, who tried to rob Marcos of his iPad, struggled with him over the tablet.

During court Thursday, Solid's ex-neighbors testified that they recognized the defendant through surveillance video police released to the media.  Desirae Jones and Robert Taylor told jurors they were watching a news report on television and immediately recognized Solid who was their neighbor at the time.
  
The couple said Solid was known as "Mike P."

Jones called Crime Stoppers and told police Solid hangs out with the other man seen on surveillance video.  He was identified as Jacob Dismont, the man who struggled with Marcos over the iPad.
   
Dismont has already pleaded guilty in the case.

On Thursday, the prosecution also showed autopsy pictures to the jury while questioning a medical examiner.  However, the most gruesome images were not shown through a projector.

Cout resumes Friday.
   

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