Cortez Sims trial: Body camera footage makes appearance on first day

Cortez Sims walks into Judge Barry Steeleman's courtroom at the start of his trial on Tuesday.

The first thing officer James Avery saw was a 1-year-old gunshot victim being carried away in a blood-soaked towel.

Then came the screaming.

Avery rounded a corner inside the College Hill Courts apartment on Jan. 7, 2015, and found a woman, Bianca Horton, crying over a woman's body. "Who are we looking for?" the officer asked. "Who shot her?"

Horton, 26, didn't answer, and her friend, Talitha Bowman, never will.

Hamilton County prosecutors opened a 2015 murder trial Wednesday with the 11-minute body camera footage Avery took on scene that night. It's one of the many pieces of evidence they believe will convict Cortez Sims, 19, of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, in the homicide of 20-year-old Bowman.

Sims, then a 17-year-old member of the Athens Park Bloods, was motivated by a yearlong feud between his gang and a rival group, prosecutors say.