Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 9, 2013

3:30 AFTERNOON UPDATE: Alexander, Butler give closing statements in BCSO trial

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“They bought him,” Butler said.

Some parts of Minor’s story are simply unreasonable to believe, according to Butler. Minor said Eaton was not kicked by Stinnett, but rather hit with a baton by Bennett. But everyone else, including Stinnett, has testified that Eaton was kicked, Butler said.

In an attempt to prove willfulness, Minor has testified that Eaton told Minor and Bennett it was their turn after Eaton himself had struck Stinnett multiple times. However, in the same testimony Minor said he yelled to Bennett that Stinnett had Hepatitis C and Bennett didn’t hear him because it was too loud in that alley, Butler reminded the jury.

The jury instructions tell jurors not to convict a defendant based on the unsupported testimony of an accomplice, Butler said, and Minor’s testimony is not corroborated by the evidence.

“You just can’t rely on Adam Minor for anything,” Butler said.

The charge against Guffey of lying to the FBI about whether he saw blood at the arrest scene and whether he told the FBI about it just demonstrates the vindictiveness of the government’s case, Butler said. The jury has only two FBI agents to rely on whether Guffey made that statement, and both those agents have made mistakes in other areas of the case. Further, the statement was completely immaterial because there was never any dispute that blood was at the scene, Butler said.

Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is “proof which is so convincing you would not hesitate to rely on it when you are making the most important decisions in your life,” Butler read from the jury instructions. The evidence in this case does not support that an assault occurred, and it does not support that Guffey would have been present to witness an assault, Butler said.

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