Isaiah Criss on trial for murder

By Brandi Bailey

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Isaiah Criss of Binghamton is on trial in Broome County Court after being charged with murder in the second degree.

Criss, 22, is accused of shooting and killing Jeremiah Reynolds at the Rock B Tavern in September of 2012.

As witnesses took the stand throughout the week a trend formed. Many stories were different than those given to law enforcement at the time of the incident.

Monday's witness, Curtis Johnson, says his inconsistent story stems from pressure in the police interrogation room.

Monday, Curtis said he saw a group men wearing white and red shirts entering the Rock B Tavern.

Unlike many others who entered the bar, they weren't searched.

A short time after he saw a dark-skinned black male hold up a nickle colored handgun and fire it.

While searching for Reynolds, he and friends heard screaming and several more shots fired.

They found Reynolds in a backyard suffering from gunshot wounds.

Since 2012, Reynolds' family has been waiting for this trial. They are hoping for much more than a verdict.

"It starts with us, the parents. We have to teach them better. We have to show them that we can't keep taking life. Whether we get a verdict of guilty. I can't hug my baby anymore, she can't hug our baby anymore," said father, Muhammed Kellihan.

Both the prosecution and defense pointed out threats had been made to witnesses outside the courtroom.

As a result, one known witness has been placed in witness protection and relocated.

Jury deliberation will begin Tuesday morning in Broome County Court.