Saturday, August 28, 2010

Self-defense argument rebuked

Self-defense ruled out by the jury.

Good job Rita.

Jurors reject stabbing self defense claim
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

Murder defendant Lawrence Peña told jurors from the witness stand Friday that he was trying to break up a fight between his brother and a man in a postal service cap two years ago when he accidently stabbed the stranger in the heart.

Jurors didn't buy it. It took them about 30 minutes of deliberation to return a guilty verdict.

Peña, 49, could now face up to life in prison for the conviction. The punishment phase of his trial is expected to begin Monday in state district court.

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