Prosecution in Basil trial crosses halfway mark

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After interviewing 15 witnesses in three days, the prosecution has crossed the halfway point. They They have eight witnesses left before they rest in the case of Jeffrey Basil, a  Molly’s Pub bar manager accused of fatally pushing a patron down a flight of stairs.

In the third day of witnesses speaking out, jurors heard from another bartender Jackson Zimmerman, suspended Buffalo police officer Adam O’Shei, bar bouncer Aaron Model, a bar manager of Steer, Jeff Martz, and University at Buffalo physics professor William Kinney.

O’Shei told the court he didn’t believe it was his responsibility to call 911, as another off-duty cop working security already was told to do that. He also told the court that he isn’t a doctor, so despite thinking the victim of Jeffrey Basil’s alleged deadly push head looked “weird” he didn’t know what to do about it.

Physics expert Kinney took the stand next, saying the victim, air national guardsman Bill Sager, was pushed extremely hard to fly down the stairs at such a high velocity, saying the fall happened in .677 seconds.

Jurors also heard from one of Basil’s coworkers, bartender Jackson Zimmerman. He testified that he was happy to see Sager that night at Molly’s Pub. He said Sager never started trouble with anybody and didn’t start trouble that night. He said Basil was irritated somehow and wanted Sager out of the bar.

Zimmerman said Basil said that night that “I have judges in my pocket and that kid assaulted me. He needs to go to jail.”

Model, a Molly’s Pub bouncer said he was just feet away from where Sager landed. He said he heard and felt the impact.

The bar manager of nearby bar Steer Bar and Grill, Jeff Martz, said Basil came into his bar nearly 30 minutes after he left Molly’s Pub and asked for a double shot. He said Basil said”I need a double shot. I’m f—-d.”

Basil stands charged with both murder and manslaughter. To be found guilty of murder, jurors would find him guilty of intent to kill. To be guilty of manslaughter, he’d be found guilty of intent to injure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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