A Motional Cinco De Mayo
What’s In, What’s Out is On Court’s Docket Today
At 9:30 am, Judge Lynn Liebowitz gavels in what looks to be the final motions hearing before the start of the May 10 trial. The court has a full plate with several motions in limine waiting on her desk when she swoops into courtroom 310 at the Moultrie Courthouse.
Among the motions being navigated today are several from the defense that seek to limit or exclude entirely portions of the government’s case including whether the crime scene was cleaned, and experimental evidence that government created to bolster that the knife found at the scene was not the murder weapon.
Another big decision is whether or not two of the defendants, Joe Price and Dylan Ward’s statements can be suppressed because of Miranda violations. Defendant Victor Zaborsky withdrew his motion and will allow it to be entered in its entirety. All three of the defendants, though, have filed motions to sever their trials from the each that should be determined today.
Recently, the Defense has entered motions objecting to the observations of the EMTs, who first arrived at the crime scene.
More on what is expected at today’s hearing after the jump.
The Government, for their part, has gotten into the motions act by responding to each of these motions with their obvious opposition.
They have also requested additional information about Dr. Farhad Najam, a cardiac surgeon who will testify for the defense that the single stab wound to Robert’s heart would have incapacitated him immediately, and that his wounds would have bleed internally, meaning that Robert would not have had time to fight off his attacker, and the amount of blood found at the scene is not inconsistent with what should have been found at the crime.
The defense has backed up Dr. Najam’s opinion with another cardiac surgeon by the name of Dr. Andrew Wechsler from Drexler University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.
And the latest breaking motions from the defense ask that certain publications and books be excluded from being entered at trial, including the New Yorker article by John Updike, which discussed how dying at home has fallen out of fashion for writers. Included as part of the article is a drawing by Ralph Steadman, which showed a dead William Shakespeare lying on top of a white covered bed, which the prosecution claims is similar to the way Robert Wone’s body was discovered.
The defense also reveals that they want two books found in Dylan Ward’s book collection excluded from trial. They are the novel Being Dead by Jim Crace, and STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.
Indeed, with all of this on the Court’s plate , much of the contours of the trial will be determined today.
Look for updates and all the latest developments from 310 Moultrie Courthouse here and on the twitter feed.
– Posted by David