Martin MacNeill Murder Trial – Day 14
Yikes! What a strange trial. So much of MacNeill’s character, or lack thereof, was withheld from the jury as the state was hobbled from presenting it. The jury would have had a field day! And, what was up with the defense witnesses? They added nothing to the defense, A complete joke.
Dypsy did no good other than proving she’s a liar. Hopefully the jury realizes all the inmates had basically the same story.
Today will be long with the discussion of jury instructions. Guess it’s all going to hinge on closings.
We begin about the directed verdict based on the arguments yesterday.
Court denies the directed verdict.
Neither side takes issue with the final jury instructions.
Jury receiving copies of the jury instructions. The big thing here, that is the toughest, but most interesting is the instruction on reasonable doubt.
Alexis in court, as is Rachel.
Reasonable doubt…. up to prosecution to prove. Proof that leaves you firmly convinced of the defendants guilt. If you find a reasonable doubt, you must find the defendant not guilty.
The judge isn’t just breezing through this, he’s reading with feeling.
A bunch of testimony certainly goes to depraved indifference!
Both sides stipulate this was not a suicide.
Grunander on closing.
Claims MacNeil murdered Michele. It was not a heart condition. It was a planned out murder. He had the knowledge and means.
Pros has placed a beautiful photo of Michele on an easel.
The case is dripping with motive.
Dypsy took the stand and said their relationship was casual trying to protect MacNeill by minimizing the relationship!
MacNeill’s motive and knowledge and know-how are doing him in!
While we have all complained how dull this trial has been, I have to give kudos to Grunander for this closing. He is beautifully laying out the timeline and weaving all the testimony together to present the full story! He is highlighting all of MacNeill’s lies.
Between 9”30 and 11 on the 11th, nobody knows where MacNeill was.
Grunander thanks the jury for their time and attention, wraps up a beautiful closing argument and ties a neat little bow around it!
Uggggg, Spencer on closing. ‘I’m a rambling man’ is going to be playing in my head!
Spencer has brought in huge flip charts.
He thanks the jury for their service.
Accuses the pros of cherry picking to make his case.
Oh lord, he is telling the same Aesop fable Gustin opened with.
MacNeil was living an alternative lifestyle and that justifies moving Dypsy in!!!!!
MacNeill was in the wrong place at the wrong time!
This is insulting. He’s treating the jurors as idiots..
MacNeill didn’t interfere with Dr. Fricke’s autopsy.
Ummmm, except he lied to her!!!
Oh, I get it now. Spencer attended a different trial than us!
Nancy Grace did it with the candlestick in the library!
Spencer is playing medical examiner and failing because he’s losing the jury.
Says all 3 ME said myocarditis. Perper said no myocarditis!
Spencer is blowing smoke big time.
I just want to bitch-slap the grin off Spencer’s face.
Says Alexis’ testimony was ever changing.
Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare were far better medical shows.
Donchais going for the nail gun!!! Also looking for whatever rusty nails I have on have on-hand.
Spencer is only proving the village idiot is missing!
Court observers report the jury is into an intense game of hangman!
As usual, Spencer is all over the place and not presenting a cohesive timeline.
Guess Spencer believes if he slings enough BS, something may stick!
Where is Quincy ME?
Boy, this def closing is one of the worst I’ve seen. A rousing razz berry for the defense!
State to finish.
Perkins says what you’ve heard in arguments is not evidence.
Follow the instructions, not speculations.
He’s beating the crap out of Spencer’s speculation.
It’s not up to the ME to decide the cause of death, it’s up to you!
You are the fact finders from the entire body of evidence.
Arrhythmia doesn’t leave a footprint. Can only be proven if the patient is hooked to a heart monitor while dying.
Why weren’t there signs of struggle? She was drugged!
Good on Perkins blowing the defense out of the water!
Spencer, can you say, ‘oh crap?’
Way good closing by pros!
There is no way all these witnesses could have colluded to create these stories against MacNeill!
Pros needs to shut down…jury tired.
Know when to stop!
Wow, just saw the strings hanging out of the back of Spencer’s, suit jacket!!!!
Jury given the case and sent to lunch; alternates named.
Jury watch on!