ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Opening statements began Thursday in the case of the man who fell from the upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium last year.
Rob Hopkins is accused of recklessly sliding down a railing at the stadium and falling onto a fan below. Hopkins is charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.
Prosecutors admitted video evidence during the trial Thursday morning. They called a number of witnesses to the stand, to make sure the incident in question is on that DVD and that it wasn’t tampered with at all.
During the opening statements, prosecutors said the victim was simply watching the Buffalo Bills game, when Hopkins fell on him. The victim says his neck, back and body hurt after. He said he has felt more and more pain as time has gone by.
The prosecutors are asking jurors to pay close attention to what it means to recklessly engage in conduct, because he said whether Hopkins recklessly caused injury to the man is key.
Hopkins’ defense attorney Patrick Brown admits it was Hopkins who fell. He says Hopkins is responsible of committing an accident, but not a crime.
Brown also asked jurors to be careful when they watch the video and not jump to any conclusions, but to wait and see all of the evidence.