Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Not buying the self-defense

Ummm.  Cleophus, if your client is legally blind how could he know or see that the man he killed was allegedly wielding a big stick to harm your client?

Or see him to stab him?

Jury convicts man in killing that he called self-defense

Punishment phase of trial to begin today
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

Jurors on Monday rejected the self-defense claim of a Bexar County man who said he was in fear for his life when he used a steak knife to stab an acquaintance who had been smoking crack cocaine with the defendant's girlfriend.

Terrell James Blue, 48, who says he is legally blind, will return to the 437th state district courtroom today as testimony begins for the punishment phase of his murder trial. He faces up to life in prison.

Blue's guilty verdict came after about four hours of jury deliberations and closing arguments in which defense attorney Cleophus Marshall III often hoisted a heavy wooden stick that witnesses said victim Stephen Martin, 42, threatened his client with that afternoon.