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Dominique Smith trial goes to jury

3 years 6 months 4 days ago March 25, 2013 Mar 25, 2013 Monday, March 25 2013 March 25, 2013 11:50 AM in News
Source: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - After about two hours hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution, a jury of nine women and three men will decide the fate of Dominique Smith.

During closing arguments prosecutor Darwin Miller methodically went through the timeline of events refreshing its case to the jury giving the cliff notes of this eight day trial.

During a 40 minute argument, Smith's attorney Darryl Gold said the state's case is based on lies.

"It's theatrics and sympathy," Gold said referring to graphic images of the dead victims, "The purpose of those pictures is to make you cry and that's what happened."

Gold told the jury this is "the most important decision you'll have to make in your lives."

"You have to send the message that prosecutors cannot convict a man based on lies," Gold said.

Miller countered explaining the graphic evidence is collected to be "examined by you."

He showed the jury pictures of the victims, played recordings of testimony from one of the victims, and dissected Smith's testimony from Saturday.

"It's your verdict that's the voice for Jessica, for Paige, for Robin and for Juan. You tell them he's guilty," Miller shouted ending his hour long argument.

Judge Tony Marabella is reading the jury their instructions now, and the jury will get this case within the hour.


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