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Closing arguments delivered in trial of man accused of murdering neighbor

KALAMAZOO, MI  — Todd Maneke was desparate for crack cocaine and out of options when he went to Alfred Minka’s house in August 2013 in search of money and a car, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Steven McLaughlin said.

There, McLaughlin said, Maneke hit Minka on the left side of the head with a hammer, took money out of his wallet and found his car keys. Then, realizing what he had done, he went back and beat Minka several times on the left side of the head, breaking the bones of his skull. Maneke then took Minka’s car to buy crack cocaine before parking the car in Minka’s garage and going back across the street to his home, McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said Maneke didn’t mean to kill Minka when he first struck him, but then realized what he had done.

“When he hit Minka the first time, his intent was to get money for

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/09/maneke_trial_closing_arguments.html

Closing arguments delivered in trial of man accused of murdering …

KALAMAZOO, MI  — Todd Maneke was desperate for crack cocaine and out of options when he went to Alfred Minka’s house in August 2013 in search of money and a car, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Steven McLaughlin said.

There, McLaughlin said, Maneke hit Minka on the left side of the head with a hammer, took money out of his wallet and found his car keys. Then, realizing what he had done, he went back and beat Minka several times on the left side of the head, breaking the bones of his skull. Maneke then took Minka’s car to buy crack cocaine before parking the car in Minka’s garage and going back across the street to his home, McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said Maneke didn’t mean to kill Minka when he first struck him, but then realized what he had done.

“When he hit Minka the first time, his intent was to get money for

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/09/maneke_trial_closing_arguments.html

Closing arguments set for Monday in Huntsville church double murder case


L to R: Anthony and Terry Jackson (Photo provided by church)

L to R: Anthony and Terry Jackson (Photo provided by church)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Both sides have rested in the double murder trial of Richard Burgin, who is charged in the May 2013 stabbing deaths of two elderly brothers working at the food bank at West Huntsville United Methodist Church.

The defense rested Friday afternoon without calling any witnesses.

Jurors spent part of Friday visiting the crime scene off 9th Avenue in Huntsville and the neighborhood around it at the request of the prosecution. About a block from the church, a Huntsville Police Department K-9 unit found a cup with Burgin’s DNA on it on May 21, 2013, the day Anthony and Terry Jackson were killed.

Near the cup, the police dog found

Read more at: http://whnt.com/2017/05/05/closing-arguments-set-for-monday-in-huntsville-church-double-murder-case/

Closing arguments set for Monday in Huntsville church double …


L to R: Anthony and Terry Jackson (Photo provided by church)

L to R: Anthony and Terry Jackson (Photo provided by church)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Both sides have rested in the double murder trial of Richard Burgin, who is charged in the May 2013 stabbing deaths of two elderly brothers working at the food bank at West Huntsville United Methodist Church.

The defense rested Friday afternoon without calling any witnesses.

Jurors spent part of Friday visiting the crime scene off 9th Avenue in Huntsville and the neighborhood around it at the request of the prosecution. About a block from the church, a Huntsville Police Department K-9 unit found a cup with Burgin’s DNA on it on May 21, 2013, the day Anthony and Terry Jackson were killed.

Near the cup, the police dog found

Read more at: http://whnt.com/2017/05/05/closing-arguments-set-for-monday-in-huntsville-church-double-murder-case/

‘Heinous, depraved’: Closing arguments begin in Gary Lee Sampson case

A prosecutor in the Gary Lee Sampson death penalty case urged jurors during closing arguments Wednesday to dispense justice for three victims “brought together in the most tragic way.”

Speaking in US District Court in Boston, Assistant US Attorney Zachary R. Hafer argued that Sampson should receive a death sentence for the second time in the case.

Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 for the carjacking and killing of Jonathan Rizzo, 19, and Philip McCloskey, 69, during a violent spree over several days in 2001. He also killed Robert “Eli” Whitney, 58, in New Hampshire, that same week.

A judge vacated the jury’s 2003 sentencing decision after finding wrongdoing by one of the jurors, and federal prosecutors sought capital punishment again for the Abington native who has admitted his crimes.

In court Wednesday, Hafer discussed how Sampson targeted Philip McCloskey, stabbing him “again and again and again.”

QA: The Sampson murder

Read more at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/04/closing-arguments-due-gary-lee-sampson-death-penalty-case/6Lom86u9U3GE9QcJmiQZBM/story.html