BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Jurors will decide the fate of the man charged with beating a man to death with a crowbar. Aftersix days of witness testimonies, the jurors will determine if Peter Robinson is guilty of murder. Robinson is charged with beating David Trask, 71,to death back in November 2011. Judge William Anderson offered the jurors three possible conclusions: guilty of murder, not guilty, or they can chose a lesser sentence than the state desires and charge him with manslaughter.
Prosecutor Andrew Benson disagrees with the manslaughter charge and asked the jurors to look at the evidencethat he believes proves murder.
Benson described the defense's case as "distractions and sideshows," and argued the case lies in the forensic evidence. During closing arguments, Benson recapped the evidence against Robinson. He highlighted the defendant's own testimony and recollection of the night he killed David Trask.
The prosecutor pointed out how his version did not match up to the testimony of former state medical examiner DoctorDavid Ferenc.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson said to the jury, "You have to ask yourself is what other than causing David Trask's death could the defendant have intended when he picked up that wrecking bar and drove it down on David Trask's face."
The defense holds strong on Robinson's self defense claimarguing he felt Trask was going for a gun.Evidence shows it was only a cell phone on his hip and not a gun holster.
Robinson's attorney Thomas Hallett said, "He was going for his pocket and Pete reacted. Pete reacted the way any one of us would have reacted in that situation. And we do not apologize for the way Pete reacted."
The defense relies heavily on the reputation the Trask family allegedly holds in the community, referring to them on more than one occasion as a "band of bullies."
Benson rebuttals with video evidence shown to the court last week. In the video thatRobinson shot himself during an altercation with David and Carl Trask, Benson points out it was Robinson that showed anger.
The prosecution continues to attack Robinson's account of what happened on November 12, 2011. Benson argues the evidence gathered from the autopsy shows Trask was not a threat at the time of the altercation and was laying on the ground when Robinson hit him with the fatal blow.
The jury will reconvene Tuesday. If convicted of murder Robinson faces 25 years to life in prison. If the jury chooses manslaughter it carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.