Defense invokes Wile E. Coyote at MA murder trial

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Wile E. Coyote

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The prosecution is making its case under the influence of Wile E. Coyote’s cartoon physics, a defense attorney claimed Wednesday at a first-degree murder trial in Massachusetts.

Attorney John Amabile delivered his closing argument in the trial of Jabrai Jordan Copney. He spoke to a Middlesex Superior Court jury in Woburn.

Amaile said that Copney is wrongly accused of shooting Justin Cosby of Cambridge, who was at a Harvard residence hall on campus on May 18, 2009 to finish a marijuana sale.

Amabile invoked the always-at-the-short-end-of-the-stick coyote as he recounted ballistics evidence found in a Kirkland House stairwell after Cosby was shot.

Bullets and shell casings found at the scene showed that whoever shot Cosby fired downward, the lawer said. As well, he said, the medical examiner testified that the fatal bullet aimed at Cosby entered his left side and traveled downward. This would indicate that the shooter was standing above him, Amabile said.

Amabile charged that the real killer was the prosecution’s star witness, Blayn Jiggetts, who admitted bringing a 9mm handgun to the Kirkland House dorm, but who testified that Copney pulled the trigger.

Jiggetts testified that Copney shot at Cosby from the foot of the stairs while Cosby ran out of the basement, Amabile said.

“Wile E. Coyote, when he fires a gun or shoots a missile at the Road Runner, the bullet goes flying up and down stairs and around the corner,”’ Amabile said.

“If you are going to believe Blayn ‘Bliz’ Jiggetts, you have to believe that the shot that killed Mr. Cosby went over his shoulder, turned a circle, and then came back downward the other way…. It’s like something out of a Road Runner cartoon,” he said.

Jurors deliberated for three hours Wednesday. Deliberation was to resume today (Thursday).

[Via Boston Globe -- http://www.boston.com/...arvard_dorm_killing/]

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