Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

by Haydee Oropesa

Judge Peters
Judge Peters

Yesterday I was able to catch the tail end of State v. Jeffrey Grant which included two defense witnesses and a some of the closing arguments.  The defendant is charged with burning his girlfriend to death.  TBT reported that the jury was unable to reach a verdict.  Defense Attorney Bill Bennett argued for about 30 minutes before a recess was called so the jury could take a lunch break, by then I already had reasonable doubt.  Bill Bennett is a fierce advocate and I consider him as one of my top mentors.  Bill argued skillfully during closing about how law enforcement had not been thorough in their investigation and thus there being a lack of evidence, reasonable doubt.  Bill pointed out the different possible scenarios based on the evidence that had been presented that could have resulted in the burning of the victim, even suggesting that one of witnesses that had testified could have been the murderer.

Post Supplement: TBT originally reported that the mistrial was based on jurors not being able to render a unanimous verdict.  However, TBT later reported that Judge Peters declared a mistrial after a juror acknowledged having seen a media article related to the case on the day the trial began.

Defense Attorney Bill Bennett
Defense Attorney Bill Bennett

 

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