Initially labeled a home invasion, the client was indicted on Attempted Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, 2nd Degree and 3rd Degree, two counts of Assault 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
After a five day trial, the jury deliberated less than three hours and found the Defendant not guilty on all counts.
Crucial to the acquittal was: the decision to have the Defendant testify on his own behalf, the critical cross-examination of the complainant and her daughter, and the vital cross-examination of the Prosecutor's medical expert.
The trial was had in Rensselaer County Court in Troy, New York.
In closing, the defense surmised that if the Defendant, who stood all of 6'8", "actually wanted to kill the complainant, she would be dead today."
Three hours later, the jury agreed and acquitted the Defendant.
After the verdict, Mr. Swedick brought his client to the local bus station and bought him a ticket home to Virginia, where his wife and two kids were waiting for him.
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.