Jakiem Wilson case to resume Saturday

July 11, 2008 2:28:27 PM PDT
Jurors in the Jakiem Wilson murder case will return to court Saturday.

They spent Friday listening to witnesses in the death penalty phase of the trial. Wilson will not take the stand in his own defense.

His attorney called Wilson's mother, sister and a psychologist to testify -- to try to convince jurors to spare his client's life.

After hearing horror stories about how Wilson killed his wife, Nneka Wilson, jurors spent much of Friday hearing about Wilson's good side.

The defense called a parade of witnesses, including Jakiem's former girlfriend, a teacher, a cousin, his sister, his grandmother, his father and his mother.

Kvanessa Wilson, Jakiem's mother, talked about her son's revelation that as a child, he was sexually molested by a man who lived at his grandmother's house.

She says it was her son's wife, Nneka, who make him tell her. And she said it was Nneka who consoled her.

"Nneka was sweet," Kvanessa said as she cried. "She's gonna be alright."

Jakiem stabbed Nneka to death at the couple's home near Wendell in February 2007.

Witnesses described a brutal murder that happened while the couple's two small children were home. It was a murder Wilson tried to make look like a gang killing, but he claims it happened in a fit of anger.

Friday a defense psychologist said that's the kind of thing men who are sexually abused as children are capable of.

"Explosions, anger, fits of rage," Dr. Matt Mendel, psychiatrist for the defense, said.

That psychologist cost taxpayers about $11,000 for his services at $275 an hour.


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