Defense attorneys Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago Police ficer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald, argued on Thursday that the 17-year outdated teen was responsible for his personal demise. Prosecutors countered by stating that Van Dyke used pointless lethal drive and was pre-determined to kill McDonald the evening that he died.
Lead protection lawyer Dan Herbert made some daring statements in his closing argument to the jurors. “At any level all through that 20-some-minute rampage had Laquan McDonald dropped that knife, he’d be right here in the present day,” he mentioned, though police sprint cam footage clearly reveals Van Dyke capturing quickly at Laquan McDonald even after he hits the bottom. Herbert requested that the jury use “widespread sense” whereas deciphering if Van Dyke needs to be accounted as a assassin. He acknowledged that his consumer was, “in cheap worry for his life,” and argues that states that Van Dyke had completely no alternative however to be introduced into the scenario.
“Laquan was the creator, choreographer this story. Jason Van Dyke needed to be introduced into it,” Herbert mentioned. He requested the jurors to “observe your coronary heart … observe your soul … observe your thoughts … you owe it to Jason Van Dyke; he selected you.”
Prosecutor Jody Gleason argued that, “it wasn’t the knife in Laquan’s hand that made Van Dyke] kill him that evening, it was the indifference to Laquan’s life.” She added, “he shot too early, he shot too ten, and he shot for approach too lengthy. He fired 16 photographs into Laquan McDonald’s physique.” The jury that may determine Van Dyke’s destiny arrived on the Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago at about 9:15 a.m. this morning to renew this lengthy, cautious dialogue.