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Video of Federal Hill beating shown during murder trial

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Jurors on Wednesday were shown footage of a deadly incident in Providence as the man accused of committing the act stands trial.

Prosecutors in the trial of Daniel Lastarza showed surveillance video of the apparent beating that took place outside The $3 Bar on the evening of July 23, 2014.

Lastarza is accused of assaulting Jonathan Stack and Jerri Nassi with a two-by-four.

Stack, 34, died several days later at the hospital.

According to the prosecution, the incident started started as an argument over a junk car.

Stack owned an auto salvage business in North Providence. Nassi, his employee, testified that an argument between Stack and a man named Chris Tucker began inside the bar and moved out into the parking lot.

In the video, a man who the prosecution says is Lastarza is shown running into frame and hitting Stack and Nassi with a board.

“Like a loud crack, and I heard the board hit the ground,” Nassi recalled.

Nassi said he found his friend Stack seriously injured.

“He spit up blood,” Nassi testified. “I felt like I was going to pass out.”

Nassi claimed Lastarza tried to pin the murder on him once police arrived on scene.

“Dan Lastarza said, ‘this is the guy that did it, he’s covered in blood, he tried to kill that guy,'” he said.

“He walked away…and he looked back at me and smiled and waved,” Nassi continued. “Like he was slick, he got away with something.”

Lastarza was later arrested and charged with assault. He was later indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

The defense maintains that Lastarza acted out of self defense. They’ll give their side of the story later in the trial.

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