UPDATE (Friday, 7:11 p.m.)
Friday evening’s trial for 64-year-old Michael LaMotte will resume on Monday at 8:00 a.m.
During the trial, the defense said that there was no gunshot residue found on LaMotte or his clothes.
The prosecution claimed that he had plenty of time to wash his hands and launder his clothes.
The defense then said that Mrs. LaMotte may have committed suicide.
After examining the body, the medical examiner said that she had been shot three times — in the brain, in the face, and in the back of the shoulder.
The location of these shots makes suicide extremely unlikely.
If LaMotte is found guilty, the jury can choose between two charges: aggravated murder or murder.
Michael LaMotte, 64, of Bridgeport is charged with shooting his wife Beverly three times, causing her death, last October.
LaMotte told deputies he was confused, and didn’t know what was going on. He had reportedly been drinking most of the day. But the prosecution says he was quite lucid at times, insisting that his wife had committed suicide.
The medical examiner said she’d been shot three times, in the brain, in the face, and in the back of the shoulder, making suicide extremely unlikely.
“Not one blip of remorse. Nothing. He tries to tell you I was drunk, that’s why there was no remorse, I didn’t know what was going on. He had a discussion with Steve Forro where he says, as he’s darn near stepping next to the body, she committed suicide. Nothing on the way to the jail except that to complain that he has to pee and he needs a cigarette,” said assistant prosecutor Kevin Flanagan.
“Not only is he intoxicated, he, for lack of a better word, is severely drunk. He’s bombed. You can tell that just by listening. He’s confused, he’s disoriented, he’s slurring his speech. He at one point says he’s not coming out of the house, he’s watching the ball game,” said defense attorney, Joe Vavra.
Judge Frank Fregiato told the jury that being voluntarily drunk is not a defense, and does not create an insanity defense either.
In the 911 tape, LaMotte’s daughter told the dispatcher, “my dad called me and said that he shot my mom.” She later said she was mistaken and confused.
The jury can choose between two charges, aggravated murder or murder.
Judge Frank Fregiato issued instructions to jurors Friday morning and closing arguments have wrapped up in the Michael LaMotte case.
Lamotte is on trial for the murder of his wife. He faces a minimum of 15 years to life with an added three years due to the gun specification, for a total of 18 years to life. LaMotte faces a maximum sentence of life without parole.