De­fense rests in man’s oral-sex chok­ing trial

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Rafael Olmeda Staff writer CHOKE, 2B

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.

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