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Family of slain father responds to body cam video

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 18:07:45-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The family of Sean Babbitt is responding to body camera video that shows the moments after he was shot dead in April.

The camera, recently released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, shows 55-year-old Pamela Bordeaux in handcuffs. She admits on camera to pulling the trigger.

Babbitt's stepfather, Dan Mandarino, says the video is too painful to watch. He read the transcript instead.

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"I found part of it humorous. I think she said 'I always carried a gun when he was around.' Well, Sean was a very peaceful boy and he wouldn't harm a fly. I know they know that," Mandarino said.

It's not clear what exactly happened moments before the shooting, but Babbitt was at Bordeaux's home for a supervised visit with his 3-year-old son.

Mandarino says Babbitt was gearing up for a custody battle, wanting more time with his son.

"I think for the first time, he stood his ground and said no, I'm getting more time with my son. I don't think she could stand that," Bordeaux said.

Defense Attorneys Robert Draskovich and Michael Horvath say their client, Pamela Bordeaux, was a grandmother trying to protect her family when she fatally shot Sean Babbitt inside her home Tuesday.

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"This an was dealing with some deviant behavior and that's why he had supervised one-hour visits and no more," said Draskovich.

Mandarino remains confident in the court system, claiming "justice will be served."

"The reality of what happened is going to set in with the courts and she's going to get the sentence that is fitting. Someone who executes a brilliant, peaceful young man like my son," said Mandarino.

Bordeaux's arrest report says a woman named Erika took the child upstairs, leaving Bordeaux and Babbitt downstairs together. That's when she heard gunshots.

UPDATE: Bordeaux appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom on Tuesday. A trial date has been set for Feb. 3, 2020.