Opening arguments wrap-up in Troy murder trial

October 31, 2017 05:49 PM

TROY - Opening arguments wrapped up Tuesday in the murder trial of Johnny Oquendo. He's accused of killing his stepdaughter, stuffing her body in a suitcase and dumping her in the Hudson River.

The total amount of time taken up by collectively the prosecutor and the defense attorney in these opening arguments was less than 20 minutes.

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In that short amount of time, two totally different stories were told.

First, the prosecutor, Andrew Botts laid out a timeline about Noel Alkaramla's final hours of life, telling jurors she left work on the night of November 22, 2015, got a ride to 3rd Street, wound up in Oquendo's apartment, where he allegedly had sex with her, strangled her, stuffed her in a suitcase and tossed her into the Hudson River. Botts said neighbors, witnesses and surveillance cameras will corroborate that story.

Meanwhile, Oquendo's attorney, William Roberts, told jurors "If this is a search for the truth, then we have failed."

Roberts insisted it wasn't her stepfather that did her in, but Oquendo's lifestyle he insisted. He described that lifestyle as being immersed in the underbelly of city life.

Roberts said that Alkaramla was involved in using and selling cocaine and she was involved in prostitution. Roberts also said Alkaramla was involved in a toxic relationship with a person who pimped her out to help her make ends meet.

Trial testimony resumes at 9:45 Wednesday morning.


WNYT Staff

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