Family seeks justice in Maurice Anthony murder trial

By Kelly McCarthy

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Arguments get underway in a murder trial in Broome County court. Maurice Anthony is accused of killing Eric Dantzler of Binghamton. Anthony is charged with first degree murder and attempted robbery.

In December 2010, shots were fired at 21-year-old Eric Dantzler while in a car on Corliss Avenue in Johnson City..

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Maurice Anthony was in the backseat, and fired the two shots while attempting to steal cash and marijuana from Dantzler.

The defense says Anthony was not in the car, and there's no evidence to prove he fired the fatal shots.

Dantzler's family says its hard to hear Anthony plead not guilty.

"Every time I hear him talk it just makes me sick to my stomach," said Dantzler's brother Anthony Harris. "And I be wanting to cry, but I know little Eric doesn't want me to be down and out."

Dantzler left behind two brothers that want to see justice for their family.

"I stopped walking the day my brother died and I just want to move on with my life and put him at peace," said Harris. "The doctors said because I was so stressed out that he died over the $40 and everything else that it made my mind not focus on my legs, or whatever the case may be, so I just stopped walking when I kissed him at the grave."

Harris says he's determined to walk again once his little brother's killer is put behind bars.

"I won't be stressed no more," Harris said. "I'll be proud and I'll be happy, and gradually go through it I'll be walking again."

Harris says he's confident the man on trial is responsible for Dantzler's death.

"Without a doubt I know for a fact he did it," Harris said. "Just like the police knows he did it, my lawyer knows he did it, and hopefully the jury will understand that and know that he did it and like I said we'll get the justice we deserve."

Tuesday jurors were introduced to crime scene evidence. They saw pictures and video of bullet holes, blood stains and broken glass from Dantzler's car.

Judge Joseph Cawley did not allow pictures to be taken inside the courtroom "because of the nature of the case."

Prosecutors said they will argue Dantzler denied Anthony's request to join Bloods gang, a possible motive for the shooting.

Witness testimony could take up to two weeks to complete before jury deliberations in Broome County court.

If found guilty Anthony could face life in prison.