Robert Crowe - Express-News
Daniels, an 80-year-old known for helping the needy in his East Side community, was stabbed to death in June 2006.
Prosecutor Julie Wright said Jett's story is “an ever-changing, fanciful tale of home invaders with ski masks.”
“You're gonna see these detectives made up their minds from the beginning,” Gutierrez said. “They jumped to a conclusion because it was easy with a guy like Richard Jett.”
Jett has said he cut his hands fighting off the attackers.
Daniels' son, Arthur, testified that his father was a good man who helped anyone who needed food or a place to stay. Under cross-examination, Arthur acknowledged that he told police at least four of those individuals who stayed at the father's home were prostitutes known to be crack addicts, including some the father had quarreled with in the days and weeks before his death.
“My brother is sick,” she said. “He wasn't capable of killing anyone.”