Jury selection underway in murder of beauty school student
Legal panel weighs in on case
- Duration 5:09
- Date May 21, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on case
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But a gruesome murder -- a beauty school seeing is heading to court today in Washington State right now a jury selection is getting under way for this.
This case and potential jurors are asked what they know about the brutal murder.
A seventeen year old MacKenzie -- -- asked because this was highly publicized.
She was hit on the head she was strangled and she was stabbed to death just a little over two years ago.
Prosecutors charge that Christopher Scott Wilson -- -- -- your screen had a fascination with death when he killed -- And then dumped her body miles away joining us now defense attorney region -- former prosecutor Tom can -- so it's really.
I mean it wow what a case and there's there's different sides to guy's got -- start with this one Rachel with you as a -- former defense or defense attorney now.
The defense had a deal put in front of them.
They won all of these pretax trial motions -- deal ten years and that's it plead guilty.
White indicate that.
Well I mean ultimately it's the client's decision whether or not to take it and even the defense lawyer said oh gosh I hope he didn't make a mistake by not taking the steel ten years for manslaughter.
When the facts in this brutal and this horrendous for what happened to this work girl.
After time served as he's been and since October 2010.
He would've been looking at only six and a half years so it stands to reason from a defense attorney perspective if my client rejects this deal.
He might be innocent.
And so that might be the ultimate reason why he's rejecting the steel and it in it's such a rare thing as a defense -- actually perhaps be representing an innocent man.
But the facts in this case are so horrendous -- and the evidence -- -- to run up to this guy the police took eight months to arrests.
Hot -- get less and yet -- and -- what led them to the skies opened that evident racial stuff like that says that capital wants to but the -- through more pain I don't know it's just it's a very bizarre thing that he didn't take the -- -- right time so here's some of the tax.
800 people they've interviewed over months and then they got to this guy three people reported seeing him walking away from the area where they found the body.
They DNA and the duct tape that was around her.
And all this other stuff as well he has attacked two of Hannibal Lecter on his -- the jury's not gonna hear that the judges in allowing that and but he he has a reputation according to some.
-- being fascinated with deaths as a prosecutor.
What do you focus on here.
-- I mean you know it's hard to imagine why the prosecution would have made -- ten year plea offer when you have but what -- appears like a pretty solid case and them and a brutal murder of seventy year old girl was -- beauty and vitality.
I think what you focus on this case Aminu added the prosecution was certainly hampered by some of the judge's rulings keeping out the tattoos.
Keeping out some -- visited the defendants for -- proclivity for the you know -- Cobb if you will.
But at the end of the day what makes this case different than you know other cases through the years where -- that -- seemed to revolve just around the defendants sort of social.
You know more regionalism.
Who is the DNA I mean at the end of the day if the defense.
Can't either eight -- -- -- or or or undermine the DNA.
The prosecution errors everything they they need to convict in the -- KFC in the days of CSI forensic files the one thing juries want is DNA and if you give it to them.
It's almost impossible to overcome a conviction.
Time as a prosecutor -- -- -- -- defense attorney filed for a change of venue.
At based on his all the information that's out in this community a very small community do you think that would be a wise decision.
Defense attorneys -- didn't you know -- filed a motion even though they know it has very very small chance success.
Pretrial publicity is a problem but again.
You know you you have to move it somewhere within the state of Washington everything I've I've read so far about this case is that it's it's been saturated and immediate throughout the state.
So I don't know where there would be -- better of venue -- the other thing is I mean this is something that judges deal with.
In void here in jury selection I mean I've handled high profile cases where.
-- the first thing the judge who is -- as -- thought the whole courtroom and -- for show of hands is who's read about this case he's familiar with this case.
Now in the hands go up and you could bring up the individual jurors and say look what have you heard of will that affect your ability is so on this guy's a fair and impartial jury.
You know Rachel I'm I'm -- the defense of what is the defense here.
I honestly don't know -- except for I didn't do it and it's going to depend on what exactly comes out and what they're able to present here because the issue here -- that I find so crazy.
Is they found saturated carpet so underneath and what it takes for blood to sink through carpet and get to the cement floor and -- the cement floor underneath.
At this man's home of her -- Gotten and that's including not not to mention the duct tape evidence that they found his DNA on so it's just I I think that I -- I don't know how I have the.
-- -- never -- you wider right and it's not a dancer what they're actually gonna do here.
And and went ahead again innocent until proven guilty but -- cases moving forward today.
And an innocent girl lost her life so we'll continue to see focus on this range was -- case -- is very much thank you very much --