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Short mall trial update

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2007 at 1:09 pm with No Comments »
September 27, 2007 1:09 pm

I’ve got to be back in court in a couple of minutes, but here’s a quick synopsis of what’s going on in Dominick Maldonado’s trial.

Judge Linda Lee spent nearly an hour reading the jury instructions to jurors this morning. There’s more than 50 instructions, so it took a while. They include some language that will allow the jury to consider the lesser charges of second-degree assault and attempted second-degree murder on some counts.

Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen then gave the state’s closing argument. My write-up of the highlights should be on the home page in a couple of minutes.

Defense attorney Keith MacFie will deliver the defense’s closing argument at 1:30 p.m. followed by the state’s rebuttal argument immediately thereafter. The prosecution gets two cracks at it because the state has the burden of proof.

The four alternate jurors then will be dismissed, and the remaining 12 will start deliberating.

You’re up to speed, and I’m off.

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