Thursday, January 28, 2010

Prosecutors Agree Murder Victim May Have "Ran Into Knife Seven Times"

Manhattan prosecutors say they have discovered evidence which seems to bolster what, at first blush, sounds like the most preposterous defense ever forwarded in a murder trial: That the "victim" may have impaled himself on a knife - seven times!

Apparently, the late Jeffrey Locker had incurred massive debts, searched online for information regarding funeral arrangements, and taken out life insurance policies shortly before his death. Kenneth Minor's attorney felt the evidence so strong that he asked the judge to allow the defender, a known felon, to resubmit the case as "manslaughter." Minor's defense seeks to claim that Locker hired him to assist in the latter's suicide.

Prosecutors have yet to drop the 1st-degree murder charge, but the judge was so stunned by the turn of events that court was adjourned until February 24th.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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