Triple homicide closing arguments

UPDATE: The judge approved the jury's request for a recess after two hours of deliberation. The jury is scheduled to continue deliberating Wednesday at 8 a.m .

 

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Closing arguments were heard on Wednesday in the Keith Coleman murder trial.

Coleman is charged with three counts of murder and one count of gross sexual assault against Christina Sargent, her 10-year-old son Duwayne Coke, and her 8-year-old daughter, Destiny Sargent.

They were killed at their home in Garland two years ago.

The prosecution's argument lasted nearly an hour.

They called attention to Coleman's DNA being found on Destiny's clothing.

“DNA is just part of the puzzle, and can tell us just so much, so I have to look at the other evidence, to complete the puzzle,” said the Assistant Attorney General, Leane Zainea.

Prosecutors painted him as an abusive man -- who strangled his girlfriend and then her children.

While In custody, court documents state Coleman confessed to the killings.

The defense told the jury he confessed because he was intimidated by detectives.

The attorney called him a loving father to Christina's children. And say the investigation was incomplete.

“It's entirely up to you folks to find the facts, you can choose to believe a witness entirely, in part, or not at all,” said the Defense Attorney, Martha Harris.

If Coleman is found guilty, he could face 25 years to life for murder. And up to 30 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting Sargent's daughter.

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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