MOUNT VERNON — Michael Collins’ future now rests in the hands of the jury after legal counsel presented closing arguments in a special session of Knox County Common Pleas Court on Saturday. The panel of six men and six women deliberated about four hours on Saturday before going into recess until 9 a.m. this morning.
“We can’t do anything without you,” Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher told the jury. “You are the decision makers. Without you, we would be in a gunfight old-west style.”
In his closing statements, Thatcher explained to the jury why they should find guilty verdicts in the nine counts against Collins and why the defense failed to established a viable case of self-defense.
Thatcher climbed the ladder of charges from tampering with evidence, having a weapon under legal disability, felonious assault (one count each for both Lily Dawn Pressley-Claggett and Jesse Collins), involuntary manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder of Jesse Collins, murder of Pressley-Claggett caused as a result of another felony and murder purposely caused by Collins.
If the jury finds Collins guilty of any of the murder, manslaughter or felonious assault charges, it must then decide if the defense met its burden of proof to determine if Collins acted to defend himself and/or his daughter, to determine an ultimate verdict of guilty or not guilty.
Thatcher reviewed with the jury specific pieces of testimony that was presented by the state to substantiate guilty verdicts for the charges.
- Shooting leaves one dead, one injured July 4, 2011
- Frazeysburg man remains in critical condition after shootingJuly 5 2011
- Shooting shocks fire department July 7, 2011
- Collins remains in serious condition July 12, 2011
- Collins indicted for murder of Claggett August 4, 2011
- Collins Kramer gets community control December 10, 2011
- Collins' trial postponed February 7, 2012
- Murder trial starts with jury selection Tuesday July 16, 2012
- Murder trial tale of two stories July 18, 2012
- Prosecution lays foundation for case July 19, 2012
- Case continues to be built against Collins July 20, 2012
- Son, daughter testify against father July 21, 2012
- Jury deliberations continue July 23, 2012
- Jury renders verdict in Collins case July 23, 2012
- Collins found guilty of two minor charges July 24, 2012