Police testified that Jawuan Brumfield was attempting to rob Jeffrey Salone Jr., for a second time when he was beaten to death in Salone's apartment. Salone contends that the beating was self-defense while prosecution contends that the beatdown went too far and it wasn't just at the hands of Salone

CANANDAIGUA — According to court statements, it wasn’t the first time that Jawuan Brumfield was attempting to rob Jeffrey Salone Jr. — who claims he killed Brumfield in self-defense.

Salone is currently on trial for second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in the September 2018 death of Brumfield, who was allegedly caught trying to break into Salone's Geneva home.

“We had prior info that him and Jawuan had a history together,” said Geneva Police Detective Steven Vine. “Jawuan had recently robbed him of $4,200.”

Brumfield’s decision to re-visit Salone and rob him again with his accomplice Justin Spearman proved fatal.

“We went to break into the apartment,” said a hostile Spearman during testimony. “We placed a ladder on top of a card table, I was standing on the card table and he was on the ladder trying to climb in the window. I seen four hands reach out the window and grab him.”

According to Spearman, he tossed the ladder under a nearby trampoline and backtracked to a van where he kept an eye on the house looking for Brumfield to exit. Spearman left the area when police showed up. Brumfield would leave on a stretcher with a brain injury that would cost him his life the next day.

Salone and his attorney Chris Rodeman contend that he acted alone in self-defense as Brumfield was armed with a taser and knife. Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride argues that Salone was awaiting Brumfield along with others who helped lay down the deadly beatdown.

In Salone’s initial statement to police he stated that he was at home all night and was sleeping at the time of the attempted burglary.

Vine testified that he got a tip that Salone was at the Del Lago casino where security camera footage shows him at the casino and leaving at approximately 3:45 a.m. Salone had three companions with him at the casino, identified by Vine as Devon Williams, Lloyd Moore Jr. and Marc Russ.

According to Vine, they all would have arrived at Salone’s house from the casino at approximately 4:09 a.m. The 911 call reporting the robbery occurred at 4:48 a.m.

This isn’t the first time Russ and Salone have been connected in an incident. In 2011 Salone and Russ along with four other men were pulled over and drugs and an illegal firearm were discovered. Salone was in possession of a .25 caliber handgun and would serve over three years in state prison as a result of that incident

The Del Lago security camera footage also shows Moore sporting a Toronto Blue Jays hat. In evidentiary pictures of the crime scene there is a Blue Jays hat sitting on the coffee table. The trial continued on with scientists breaking down where DNA and fingerprints were located.

The prosecution rested its case at the end of the day Wednesday.