The video is likely going to be circumstantial evidence
. The reason I say this, is because you stated above that it does not clearly show you keying the car. However, you did walk past the drivers side and if this was not in the normal course or path of entering the Home Depot or your destitution, it is certainly questionable as to why you would do this and go out of your way. The burden is on the State to prove the charge against you beyond a reasonable doubt. It will be up to a jury to decide if the State has met this burden, so the victim will likely be called to testify and explain why they think you did this and the video can likely be shown as well, to show what evidence they have, to link you to this alleged crime. If money is not an issue and you can pay it and the case will 100% be dismissed without anything on your record, then it is a guarantee. If you go to trial, there is no way of knowing what verdict
the jury will reach. If I was able to pay for the damage and this would end the issue without any record of it, I would be inclined to do it, since I could guarantee the outcome, instead of leaving it up to strangers. At the same time, if you did not do this and can explain and want to testify, why you walked out of your way and by the car ( if I am understanding the facts correctly), then there is no point of paying for something that you did not do.
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