A county prosecutor urged jurors within the triple-homicide trial of a former Tucson hearth captain to make use of their “widespread sense” whereas a protection lawyer requested them throughout her closing arguments to not be “persuaded by sympathy.”
David Watson, forty seven, is charged with one rely of second-diploma homicide within the 2000 dying of his ex-spouse Linda Watson, 35. He is also charged with two counts of first-diploma homicide within the 2003 deadly shootings of Linda Watson’s mom, Marilyn Cox, sixty three, and Cox’s pal, Renee Farnsworth, fifty three.
Watson was tried on the identical fees final fall in Pima County Superior Courtroom, however the seven-week trial ended with a hung jury in November.
The 12 jurors are tasked with reaching both a unanimous verdict or no verdict in any respect in a case that spanned 17 years and concerned greater than 60 witnesses and lots of of reveals.
If jurors are not sure who to consider, they need to adhere to the justice system’s presumption of innocence and discover Watson not responsible, protection lawyer Natasha Wrae advised the jurors Wednesday.
Particularly, if jurors can’t determine whether or not to consider statements made by Rosemary Watson in 2000 and 2003, when she offered alibis for her then-husband David Watson, or statements she made in 2007, when she recanted these alibis following the couple’s divorce, they need to discover in favor of her shopper, Wrae stated.
“That’s how your battle is resolved,” Wrae stated to the jurors.
Linda Watson disappeared in 2000 from her home within the 2600 block of West Curtis Street. Investigators discovered blood on the ground, on a plastic trash bag, and the twine of a vacuum cleaner.
Three years later, her cranium was discovered close to the Silverbell Mine northwest of Tucson. Nevertheless, it wasn’t till 2011 that the cranium was recognized as hers resulting from a mistaken assumption the cranium belonged to somebody who died after crossing the border illegally.
Cox led a public marketing campaign to determine her daughter’s killer and fought David and Rosemary Watson in courtroom for visitation rights to Cox’s granddaughter, who was four years previous when her mom disappeared.
In 2003, Cox and Farnsworth have been fatally shot in Cox’s driveway by a lone gunman after Cox’s first unsupervised go to with the Watsons’ daughter.
Prosecutor Jonathan Mosher stated David Watson killed the three ladies because of the custody battle he had together with his ex-spouse Linda after which with Cox.
Wrae stated the information of the case have been “tragic,” however investigators’ view of the case was “myopic” and unduly targeted on Watson. A number of different individuals, together with a former boyfriend of Linda Watson, ought to have been suspects.
The prosecution didn’t current any proof that proves David Watson is responsible, Wrae stated. The homicide weapons have been by no means discovered and no eye witnesses might determine Watson because the killer, she stated.
Mosher stated Watson waited for the 2 ladies to return house after which shot…