◼ Standing in the hallway for other cases, courtroom 4 has been closed three times for Tree case - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/6/14
◼ "Bodhi Tree is a cold blooded killer who kills people he barely knows" - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/5/14
The defense made a big deal about motive in their closing. Ms. Firpo said motive was an issue in this case. "Bodhi Tree is a cold blooded killer who kills people he barely knows. Mr. Tree barely needs a motive to shoot people."◼ "Most of Humboldt County is dodgy about marijuana" Firpo counters defense closing - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/5/14
"He shot Rhett because Rhett didn't defend him. He shot two young people whose crime was that Christina didn't want to get with him and Sunshine defended Christina."
That is the one statement made by Mr. Russo this morning as the defense is still presenting it's closing on the Eureka case that was free of defense spin.◼ Closing arguments over in Tree cade, case sent to jury - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/5/14
The defense is hoping the questions they raise in closing may sway the jury however they are relying that the jury may have complete amnesia. If you only rely on closing or have not followed the trial daily, you might buy the hogwash the defense is presenting....
◼ Defense in Tree case insults victim's families, friends, prosecution and witnesses - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/5/14
◼ Sean Butler Smith fooled police, so did Charles Crow, and "put on a show for you" - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/5/14
◼ "What we say is not evidence, we are trying to persuade you" - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/5/14
Note: Chiv often posts early details of court proceedings, and then fleshes the story out later in the day, so it is recommended that you check back, to catch the full post, and the full flavor of the proceedings...
◼ Jury in Arcata double murder case enters deliberation - Times-Standard 8/5/14
After nearly three months, the jury in the Arcata double-murder case entered deliberations... Defendant Bodhi Tree has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the deaths of Eureka High School senior Christina Schwarz and 27-year-old Alan "Sunshine" Marcet at a home in Arcata in May 2013, and one charge of attempted murder in the Eureka shooting of Rhett August a few days prior. If convicted, Tree faces 50 years to life.