SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

September 21, 2013

An ambush? Or bullying?

Trial underway in 2011 Beverly slaying

(Continued)

Following Buso’s opening statement, Buxton asked for a “sidebar” conference, during which she asked for a mistrial, citing, among other reasons, Buso’s tears during his opening, as well as his description of the law to jurors on the difference between murder and manslaughter.

Judge Howard Whitehead denied the motion but did tell jurors that Buso’s characterization of the law to them was not entirely accurate, and that the legal definition of “malice” is much more complex than the lawyer suggested.

Jurors later in the morning visited the scene of the killing, just off Cabot Street, not far from the Cummings Center.

Martin, Christensen’s co-defendant, whose lawyer said felt pressured by Christensen to join him that night, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter last week and received a 12-15 year state prison term.

The same deal was repeatedly offered by prosecutors to Christensen, who has rejected the offer.

Hicks, meanwhile, is scheduled to stand trial on a charge of being an accessory after the fact, later this fall. Prosecutors allege that she tried to get rid of the baseball bat used in the attack.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch
Comments Tracker