Day 7 (Monday, October 15) Part 1
It was time for closing arguments. Guardanino went first. He started out by apologizing for Boyd’s outbursts, not realizing that I got a great deal of entertainment out of them. He reiterated what the judge had said, that Boyd’s outbursts had nothing to do with the crime that he was being accused of. From there, he made a pretty smooth transition into his next point, which was that Boyd’s five previous felonies also had nothing to do with the crime that he was being accused of. However, he didn’t just casually mention that. Oh no. He made it a point to walk up to Boyd and yell, “In your life, you have screwed up over and over and over again!” He then walked back over to us and said, “But again… that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of this crime.” A few minutes later, while re-telling Boyd’s side of the story, he said, “And then my client, knowing that he was about to meet up with Deron Powell, called up Ghost and asked for a gun.” Guardanino paused, walked back over to Boyd, and shouted, “STUPID STUPID STUPID!” And at the risk of sounding redundant, Guardanino once again explained that no matter how stupid Boyd is, he didn’t kill Deron Powell. As for Guardanino screaming at Boyd, well, he obviously told him beforehand that he was going to do that. Otherwise, it’s a pretty safe bet that Boyd would have hit him with a fucking chair. The last thing that Guardanino said (and he said this because he knew that the jury was going to find Boyd guilty of shooting Deron Powell) was that whoever shot Deron Powell didn’t mean to kill him. His reasoning was that only one shot was fired, and it wasn’t shot into Powell’s head. If Boyd had really meant to kill Deron Powell, why didn’t he empty the clip? The answer is obvious. First of all, the shooting occurred in broad daylight, so Boyd didn’t want to waste time before running away. Second, a paddy-wagon was approaching! Was Boyd really going to keep on firing in broad daylight while cops were approaching the scene? This was clearly a desperate attempt to have the jury find Boyd guilty of manslaughter instead of murder. The difference between murder and manslaughter is intent. If someone commits manslaughter, it means that they intended to hurt someone really badly and –whoops–the victim died. Make no mistake about it; when Justin Nadal dies as a result of not returning my drum to me in a timely fashion, my intent will definitely be murder. However, if I’m not cleared of all charges, I’m going to at least pretend that the sixty-four blows to the head that he will sustain from an African jimbe drum were meant to just teach him a lesson, which will result in me being indicted on manslaughter charges. Hopefully, he will die instantly and be unable to tell a cop that “K did it.”
And while I’m on the subject of the alphabet, ADA Walsh probably didn’t even realize it at the time, but his closing statement was hilarious! One of the things that he said was, “As Deron Powell was being put into the ambulance, he said that T did it. He didn’t say that G did it or L did it or R did it. He said that T did it!” HA! Then, while mentioning the two dumbest cops to have ever put on a police uniform (the ones who chased Boyd into the apartment on 988 Greene) he said, “Look, I’ll admit that those two guys clearly aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. But they do have eyes, and they know what they saw.” Walsh also said, “The defendant has done everything short of getting plastic surgery to avoid being charged with this crime.” ADA Walsh…coming soon to a comedy club near you.
On a more serious note, Walsh made a really good point by saying that Boyd didn’t shoot Powell in the foot or in the leg. He shot him in the stomach, a place where there are many vital organs. He said another thing that I liked, which was, “The defendant admits everything that he cannot deny, and denies the one thing that he cannot admit.” Exactly! Boyd admitted that he was pissed off at Deron Powell. He admitted that he called Deron Powell on the phone and told him to meet him on Patchen Avenue. He admitted that on the way there, he called up Ghost and asked him for a gun. He admitted that he was there when Deron Powell was killed. He admitted that he took the gun from Ghost. He admitted that he told the cops that his name was Travis Boyd, and that it made no sense to do that. He admitted that he did nothing to help Deron Powell after he was shot. And he admitted that on the day after the shooting, he fled to Jacksonville, Florida. But despite all of these confessions, the one thing that he could not admit to was that he was the one who killed Deron Powell.
I predicted that it would take the jury about forty-five seconds to deliberate. I was wrong.
October 15, 2006