NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a difficult day in a Queens courtroom Tuesday, as jurors and family members listened to a 911 call made by a woman allegedly being shot by her own son.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported exclusively, family members wiped away tears — emotional and upset as they left court, moments after hearing the final, heart-wrenching moments of 56-year-old Rosie Jaggarnauth’s life.
Jaggarnauth made a call to 911 early the morning of Sept. 2, 2011. Police said she and her husband – Sugrim Jaggarnatuth, 64 — had both been shot in their St. Albans, Queens home.
Sugrim Jaggarnauth died at the scene, but Rosie Juggarnauth managed to survive long enough to call 911.
But in the middle of that call, the gunman returned, found her alive, and fired two more shots.
On the tape, you hear those ring out followed by a long silence. After that, the only people heard on the tape are 911 operators.
First Operator: “I have a caller on the line. She says someone is shot.”
Second Operator: “Hello, caller?”
First Operator: “I don’t think she’s going to be able to answer you. I heard the shots myself.”
As the tape played back, family members sobbed in open court and jurors wiped away tears.
The trial is especially excruciating because of the suspect. The victims’ own son — Shane Jaggarnauth, 25 – is on trial for his parents’ murder.
In court, Shane Jaggarnauth covered his face with his hands and cried as he listened to the tape.
“He was distraught. He couldn’t even speak to me – I was trying to console him. And I feel that those reactions were completely genuine,” said defense attorney Michael Siff.
Six minutes after the initial 911 call from Rosie Jaggarnauth, Shane placed another call to 911.
Shane Jaggarnauth: “I’ve been shot, oh my God! I’ve been shot. Oh my God, oh my God (crying). Me, my mother and my father. My mother and father is dead. Oh God.”
Prosecutors said Shane Jaggarnauth shot himself to cover up his parents’ murder, and believe he killed them because they cut him off financially.
If convicted, Shane Jaggarnauth faces life in prison.
Shane Jaggarnauth has pleaded not guilty, and maintains he had nothing to do with his parents’ death.
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