Defense rests in man’s oral-sex choking trial
Aman who asked a Broward judge for permission to show his penis to the jury in his murder trial this week dropped his request after a retired medical examiner testified on his behalf.
Richard Henry Patterson, 65, kept his private parts private as defense attorney Ken Padowitz rested his case Friday afternoon. Closing statements are scheduled forMonday.
The attorney’s decision came after former Broward Medical Examiner Ronald Wright testified that Francisca Marquinez may have died while performing oral sex on Patterson in late October 2015. He also said she may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke.
Any one of those possibilities is more likely than Marquinez having her face smothered by a pillow, said Wright, who reviewed the official autopsy results findings with morning.
Padowitz told jurors during opening statements this week thatWright would support the theory that Marquinez died while performing oral sex. Wright did that Friday, but by suggesting other causes of death, he handed the defense alternative explanations that don’t require Padowitz to explain how Marquinez could have choked to death without and shared his the jury Friday Patterson noticing.
Padowitz hinted at the possible shift in strategy during his opening statement. “The last thing these two adults did together was oral sex. He thought that’s how she died,” Padowitz said. Wright’s testimony Friday gives Padowitz leeway to say Patterson was mistaken in his belief that he thoughtMarquinez choked on his penis.