Jury deliberates in trial of Greece woman linked to West Webster tragedy

Updated: 04/14/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 6:57 AM WHEC.com

For the first time during the trial involving the West Webster shootings, News10NBC is hearing from one of the firefighters who survived the ambush.

Ted Scardino was shot the morning of Christmas Eve 2012, a day he won’t ever forget. 

Jurors began deciding the fate Monday of the only person that has been charged in connection with the West Webster tragedy that happened on Christmas Eve 2012. They deliberated for just a couple of hours before stopping for the day. 

Dawn Nguyen is accused of lying on paperwork and buying the guns that were used to kill two firefighters, Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, in the line of duty. Two other firefighters, Ted Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter survived the attack.  

Police say the gunman, William Spengler, set a fire and then hid, waiting for the heroes to arrive and then opened fire.

During closing arguments Monday afternoon, Nguyen’s lawyer, Matt Parrinello, said no one can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Dawn Nguyen filled out the entire application at Gander Mountain in June 2010. That’s where police say she bought the guns for William Spengler. 

Defense lawyer Matt Parrinello talked about the credibility of the witnesses. He even went as far to say that a former friend of Nguyen's was trying to get revenge when she said on the stand that Nguyen told her she was paid $1,000 to buy the guns.  

When it was the prosecutor's turn, Tim Prosperi said there are changes on the paperwork that prove Nguyen read it before signing it in June 2010 and that she answered "yes" to being the actual buyer of the guns.

Ted Scardino has been in the courtroom, having to relive the terror of that day. Scardino is one of the survivors. On Christmas Eve, Scardino was shot and ever since then he has been working to get strength back in his arm. He has been in the courtroom almost every day for this trial. He says it’s to try to get justice for himself and his two brothers who were killed in the ambush. On Monday, he agreed to speak with News10NBC about how hard it was to sit in the room and listen to the testimony. 

Scardino said, “Today, Dawn Nguyen's attorney made a statement that the firemen are not a victim of this crime. We strongly feel that we are. While Dawn Nguyen did not pull the trigger, she facilitated a felon to do that.”

Ted Scardino was shot while responding to the fire on Lake Road in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve in 2012. He says being in court this past week has been like reliving the nightmare.

Scardino said, “It has been a long and difficult week for fire police and EMS employees. Sitting here at the trial and seeing the evidence were very disturbing. Personally seeing the weapons was very difficult and the contents of the text message were very disturbing, the LOLs and what she said, particularly after she knew what happened. It was very, very damming evidence.”

As for Nguyen in court, she has been almost emotionless. She stayed focus on testimony and seemed very calm.

News10NBC will have full coverage of the trial. Amanda Ciavarri will be in court and will be tweeting updates.

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