Defense begins case in Troy murder trial

November 16, 2017 05:42 AM

The defense has begun presenting its case in the Johnny Oquendo murder trial. This, after the prosecution rested on Wednesday morning.

It looks like the defense is going to be calling one more witness to the stand on Thursday morning. Then, they will advance to the closing arguments on Thursday afternoon.

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Even though seven defense witnesses were on the stand on Wednesday, the key testimony came from the prosecution's final witness, Amanda Whitman, Johnny Oquendo's ex-girlfriend.

Defense Attorney Bill Roberts aggressively cross-examined Whitman, pressing her hard on her life of drug and alcohol abuse.

We now know that Whitman had been treated for opioid dependency and personality disorder. She has suffered from hallucinations and memory loss. She has had homicidal tendencies and at one point in her life, she wanted to stab people.

Last week, when asked if she was having sex with animals, Whitman pleaded the Fifth Amendment. She is a professed psychic and says she can transform a spoon into a fork, simply by thinking about it.

The implication is that perhaps the jury would dismiss her testimony and won't believe her when she said the suitcase in which Alkaramla's body was found belongs to Oquendo, because it's her testimony identifying that suitcase that is the best piece of testimony that connects the defendant to that suitcase.

After the closing arguments Thursday afternoon, the two and a half week old case will go to the jury.


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