Verdict in Hawthorne Murder Trial Could Be Just A Day Away...
It could all be over tomorrow.
Today both the Prosecution and the Defense rested after making their cases in the First Degree Murder Trial of Eddie Gillins Junior and William Bascomb.
The two men are accused of killing Wayne Hutchinson of Hawthorne in 2003.
Last time the State tried the case, a mis-trial was declared after the Jury couldn't reach a decision. But this time around, everyone involved is trying to make sure there's no room for indecision.
A Gag Order remains in effect in the trial by Judge Mark Moseley, preventing the Prosecution and the Defense from revealing any details of their cases.
It seems that every one is focused on getting a verdict, so they're being very careful to avoid any reason for another mis-trial.
And they didn't want flu-season getting in the way either.
Juror Number 42, was dismissed this afternoon after a noticeable struggle to stay awake during the morning testimonies and suffering flu-like symptoms over the lunch hour.
In a rare moment of levity, the Bailiff, Clerk, Judge, and Counsel discussed their options for dismissing the sick juror and disinfecting her seat, so as not to spread her sickness to the rest of the Jury.
But once that matter was handled, it was back to the serious nature of the murder trial.
The State used pictures and physical demonstrations to prove their assertion that Gillins killed Hutchinson with Bascomb's help. Using expert witnesses to help explain the lack of physical evidence in the case.
DNA Analyst with FDLE, Nicole Lee said, "While there may have been contact and may have been cells that transferred, if they're not collected immediately, then they could've been washed off or rubbed off onto another item. Or if a large enough area is not sampled, I may not even find enough cells to develop a DNA profile."
But the Defense tried to prove the implausibility of the State's case and moved for an acquittal.
Howard Lidsky, Defense Attorney for William Bascomb, said, "The stories that are being told by Terrence and Mr. Price are physically impossible based on other evidence the state has presented."
The Judge did not grant the Defense's motion for acquittal, deciding to leave that decision up to the Jury.
Closing arguments will start at 9 am tomorrow and then the Jury will deliberate.
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