Jury deliberations underway in triple-murder retrial

June 19, 2017 06:31 PM

For a second time, a jury is deliberating the fate of accused killer, Matthew Slocum. He is accused of killing his mother and two others, then setting their home on fire.

The jury began deliberating a little before 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. They’re deciding if Matthew Slocum is guilty of killing three people and setting their house on fire back in July 2011.

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It’s the second time around for Matthew Slocum. He was convicted five years ago of killing his mother, Lisa Harrington, his stepfather, Dan Harrington and his stepbrother, Josh O’Brien, but Appeals Courts threw out the guilty verdict, ruling Slocum should have been given an attorney before he confessed.

After a nearly two-week trial, the closing arguments mirrored what the defense has said all along – that Loretta Colegrove, Slocum’s then live-in girlfriend, was the real killer and blood found on her shirt and a gun taken from the White Creek home proves it.

"Loretta’s wearing that shirt. Lisa’s blood spatters on that shirt. Lisa’s blood’s in the barrel, outside the barrel. She knew how to shoot a shotgun. She murdered Lisa, Dan [Harrington] and Josh [O’Brien,]" argued Defense Attorney Mike Mercure.

Special Prosecutor Eric Galarneau told the jury that there was blood on Colegrove’s shirt because Slocum handed her mother’s bloody wallet to her.

"Everything about that shirt and how that blood got on that shirt is exactly that – baseless speculation," he argued.

The defense portrayed Colegrove as clearly in charge, saying she was the cold-blooded killer who led the duo to Massachusetts and New Hampshire after the murder and arson, but prosecutors pointed out that in a series of 10 letters from Slocum to Colegrove, he repeatedly apologized.

"He’s telling you he did it. He’s telling Loretta he did it. He is apologizing to Loretta. Why would he apologize to Loretta if Loretta’s the killer," asked Galarneau.

The seven men and five women jury has some questions for the judge. The judge is expected to provide the answers and deliberations are set to resume on Tuesday morning.


WNYT Staff

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