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August 23, 2013

Jury to get murder case Friday


Woodward, Okla. —

Friedlander admitted, though, that the injuries to Watkins' face indicated he was hit more than just 2 times to the face.

During cross examination, Friedlander testified that he was receiving compensation for his testimony.  Saying prior to appearing in court he had billed the defense around $2,100 for his work in reviewing the autopsy report and that he planned to bill an additional $3,000 for his appearance in court.

However, he described serving as an expert witness as "a terrible way to make a living" and that he testifies as an expert because he likes it and "because I want to do what's right."


After the defense also rested it's case around 2:15 p.m., the jurors were released for the day and told to return at 9 a.m. today ready to hear closing arguments and then go into deliberations.

Once the jurors were released and the case was recessed, the judge met with both the prosecution and defense attorneys to work out what instructions will be presented to the jury with regards to their deliberations.

Both sides have the opportunity to request special instructions asking the jury to reach a verdict in their favor if certain conditions are met.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Boring and defense attorney Peter Scimeca told The News they were looking forward to seeing what the jury decides.

"We're pleased that we got done today," Boring said after the case recessed Thursday.  "All the information is into the jury that was available to them and we will make closing arguments tomorrow and then they can decide."

In return, Scimeca said, "Mr. Yelloweagle is satisfied with the evidence that has been presented and is hopeful that the jury will see the truth in the facts."

And the "truth" he hopes they find is "that Mr. Yelloweagle is not guilty of 2nd degree murder."

"Everyone is remorseful.  Everyone involved in this case is saddened by the lost of Jon Watkins.  But that is no excuse for another young man to lose his liberty," Scimeca said.

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