Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jury deliberations begin in Justin Gonzalez trial

June 4, 2014


The jury has begun deliberating in the retrial of Justin P. Gonzalez, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina, 27, of Lawrence.

Gonzalez, 23, of Mission, hit Sardina in the head with a beer bottle during a fight at a party in Lawrence in February 2012. Sardina died hours later, the result, prosecutors say, of a brain clot that developed from the blunt force trauma. The first trial last December ended in a hung jury.

Gonzalez, the defense's only witness, finished testifying in own defense Wednesday morning before the state and defense offered their closing arguments. The state argued that Gonzalez was responsible for his Sardina's death and knew that striking Sardina as he did could potentially kill him. The defense argued that Gonzalez was acting to stop Sardina from harming one of Gonzalez's friends.

The jury started deliberating at about 1 p.m.


Steve Swaggerty 3 years, 10 months ago

Can't see a conviction with evidence presented

Susan Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

The prosecutors actually suggested that running a football play as a possible alternative action for Justin Gonzalez in the closing arguments today. He went on to ask the jury to consider whether the group from one side looked like they could fight. He said they did not. Then he read some of the names of the group from the opposing side who all happened to be Hispanic and categorized them as able to handle themselves in a fight. What were these perceived abilities based on? Justice is not blind in Douglas County.

Liz Reyes-Lawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

What kind of justice system do they have in Douglas County if a prosecutor can make a comment like that?

Nancy Jean 3 years, 10 months ago

Wake up people!!! This is exactly why your votes count at elections!! Not only did the states prized witnesses have racist comments but the prosecutor?? REALLY?? What happened to justice for all. These "Hispanic" college students - played high school football. Does that make them fighters? In a split second decision do you take the time to "figure out a" game plan" ? I don't think so, that's why it's called split second. I guess in Douglas County the court system throws common sense out the window and their "game plan" is say anything and omit information that came out in the first trial (which was a mistrial) for a win.

Nancy Jean 3 years, 10 months ago

Speculation ; a questionable opinion reached by contemplation. Contemplation ; a personal reflection of a specific subject.
Speculation and contemplation are issues taken upon after the fact. These issues are concluded by given manipulations and life experiences resulting in one's decisiveness. Speculating on one's own actions is a considerable task, but one is aware of all the facts and compounded personal experiences, enabling one to go beyond speculation and enter evaluation where a true conclusion can result. An expectation to reach a true conclusion of another's actions where factors are twisted, not completely given or not given at all, can only result in questionable opinion, riddled with doubt. To expect true conclusion from instruction saddled with confusing and conflicting direction is to be unwittingly misguided and what may possibly be a strong-armed, unjust attempt to coerce a misdirected, devious outcome.

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