- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jurors must decide if a New Jersey man on trial for attempted murder and other charges is the man caught on a so-called “nanny cam” who attacked a woman as she watched cartoons with her 3-year-old daughter.

NJ.com reported jurors watched the video Tuesday at the start of Shawn Custis’ trial in Newark.

Custis, 45, of Newark, was charged with attempted murder, robbery, burglary and related offenses in connection with the June 21, 2013 home invasion that was caught on a “nanny cam” hidden in the living room of the Millburn home.

The video showed a man punching and kicking the woman, before throwing her down the basement stairs. The woman’s young daughter was sitting nearby when the attack happened, and her 18-month-old son was asleep upstairs.

The woman suffered a concussion, chipped teeth, an injured lip, facial swelling and leg injuries in the attack.

Custis was arrested a week after the video was released to the media and he was identified as a suspect.

NJ.com reported, Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Jamel Semper said in opening statements that the case against Custis is “not a whodunit.”

Semper said witnesses who know Custis saw the video and told police that he was the assailant. Semper also said a DNA analysis of bloody jeans belonging to Custis showed it was the victim’s blood.

“The evidence will show he tried to kill this woman,” Semper said. “I will ask you to follow the evidence in this case.”

According to NJ.com, defense attorney John McMahon told the jury that the video did not clearly depict the assailant’s face. He called the identifications made by witnesses “meaningless.”

“That’s their opinion. They have no better look at the man in the video than you do,” McMahon said.

He also pointed out that other people called police and told them that the man in the video was someone else.

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