McCowan Murder Case In Jury's Hands

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Was it self-defense or pre-meditated murder? That's the question jurors are now trying to answer in the Conner McCowan murder trial.

They deliberated for a little more than an hour Monday afternoon, after the prosecution and defense made closing arguments.

"Murder begins where self defense ends. This was not a case where the defendant is justified in killing Andrew Singler," said John Dewane, Assistant Prosecutor.

According to Dewane it'll all come down to Conner McCowan's testimony and the only other witness's testimony, roommate Tyler Aho.
In his closing argument Dewane tried to persuade the jury that McCowan's testimony is not to be trusted.

"He took the stand in his own defense and he swore to tell you the truth. We know he lied to each and every one of you. He tried to portray himself as something he's not," said Dewane.

Prosecution has the burden to prove that McCowan intended to kill Singler the morning of the incident. There's no dispute that Andrew Singler died of his wounds given to him by McCowan back in February. If the jury finds that McCowan had intent to kill, that would qualify him for first degree murder.

But defense is saying it was only defense, and that all murder charges should be dropped.

"Self defense never ended, and murder had never begun. There is no crime here," said Chris Bergstrom, McCowan's Attorney.

According to Bergstrom McCowan wasn't lying when he said he used a slashing motion in defense. The stab wounds in the right arm and heart don't make sense with the jabbing motion prosecution has been claiming.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the motion. If the right elbow is over here the knife comes this way," said Bergstrom.

The jury did not come to a verdict on Monday, they will go back to deliberations on Tuesday.

Besides deciding if he's guilty or not, the jury must also decide the charge. McCowan could be charged with murder in the first degree, second degree, or manslaughter.

We'll let you know when a verdict has been reached.

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