Graeme Zielinski - Express-News
Cyr's lawyer, Lawrence Greenwood, objected to their admission and was overruled by Judge Maria Teresa Herr.
In one of the grainy clips, as an immobilized and bleeding Baxter was seen being bound on a garage floor, a voice alleged to be Cyr's did an ersatz Tony Montana impression, telling Baxter, as the Scarface character did, “Say hello to my little friend.”
If the times and dates on the recovered images were to be believed, it was only hours later when Baxter's body was found in a grassy area on March 5, 2007, near Walzem and Gibbs-Sprawl roads, allegedly as a result of boasting to membership in the Texas Syndicate prison gang and giving information that led to the beating of another co-defendant's younger brother.
Vansyckle painted a picture of a shiftless lifestyle of petty theft and days-long crystal meth sprees, where “tweakers” would ride around in their parents' cars from party to party.
He testified that Baxter was targeted in part because he had boasted of being detailed by Hettler to “take out” Robert Cruz, one of the defendants.
Vansyckle said the group initially intended to beat Baxter as they gathered in a garage at the home of a crew member's girlfriend in the 9600 block of Chelmsford Drive.
“I don't think any of us at first took it serious,” said Vansyckle, who claimed to have left as the beatings progressed.