The prosecution and Defense concluded their closing arguments this afternoon. The jury is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow. The Defense attacked the state’s star witness, himself a violent drug dealer with reason to blame Hernandez instead of himself. Jose Baez made some colorful arguments that the state did not prove their case.
Hernandez’ arm, with possibly incriminating tats
The State argues their witness was credible, and that the evidence supports his claim. They say Hernandez had motive, opportunity, and they allege that a tattoo he later got equates to a confession. This is not the first time tattoos have allegedly documented a crime. A verdict is expected in the coming days.
Matthew Medlin Booking Photo
Mathew Medlin had on six days until his release on charges related to sex abuse, burglary and assault. Apparently, he couldn’t wait, as he allegedly scaled a fence at an Oregon correctional facility and walked away. The escape didn’t last long, as Medlin was caught 12 hours later, just a couple miles down the road from the prison. It’s a plot line straight out of a Coen Brothers movie. Get it together, Oregon… he’s a sex offender.
Perhaps he couldn’t take the jail food any longer: Medlin was caught at a Jack in the Box: he was spotted by a corrections officer on another assignment who recognized him walking down the street. That reminds me of one of the most ridiculous escapes ever, which happened right here in Lee County. Back in 2008, Joeneather Singletary walked out of the Lee County Jail. Literally pushed the intercom button, and the clerk buzzed her out. They caught her right down the street- she went to Dunkin’ Donuts! If you are on the run from teh cops, the Donut shop is the LAST place you want to go. Her little trip only lasted 30 minutes, and she went from misdemeanor charges to a new felony charge. She got herself an additional six months in jail for that, though she could have tried a novel defense… Is it escape if the jail buzzes you right out?
Medlin will likely be facing more incarceration- a lot longer than 6 days, for new escape charges. He also had to be treated for cuts suffered from the razor wire he crossed during his escape. If you excuse me, I’m going to go watch “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Neck tattoos never work. We see them all the time in the courtroom, and all the time they are worn by people on the wrong side of the bar- Defendants. This guy, Andrew Chapman has a neck tattoo that takes the cake. Perhaps the state is trying to introduce it to the jury as an admission of guilt. The court will almost certainly have to do something to cover it up: the prejudicial effect will clearly trouble the jury, regardless of the evidence in the case: he’s facing an actual murder charge. They should do something about the teardrop, too. A filled in teardrop is known to be a notch for having killed someone. Of course, it’s better than the guy that got convicted because he tattooed a murder scene on himself!
I did have a client who’s neck tattoo worked in her favor. The cop said the suspect had a tattoo that said “RED”. My client had a neck tattoo, but it very clearly said “DION”. I introduced my client’s neck into evidence, and she was found not guilty!