News: Jury Returns "Mitigated Guilt" Verdict Following Two-Week Trial in High Profile St. George Murder Case
C&J criminal defense attorneys Mary C. Corporon and J.D. Lauritzen, along with their co-counsel Gary Pendleton, recently obtained a "mitigated guilt" verdict for their client in a high profile murder case in St. George, Utah following a two-week trial. The case, which began in 2010, saw a number of twists and turns over the more than six years before the trial began in late January 2017, including prosecutors withdrawing their request for the death penalty following a motion from Mary and her co-counsel Gary Pendleton. During trial, Mary, Gary, and J.D. fought hard to introduce into evidence statements by their client that tended to show that he acted in fear for his own life on the night of the murder. While the court excluded the aforementioned statements for most of the trial, the court reconsidered and reversed its own ruling at or near the end of trial. By allowing the mitigating evidence to go to the jury, the court agreed to instruct the jury on the circumstances of "special mitigation," which the jury found by its verdict reducing the conviction from aggravated murder to murder.  To learn more about trial, as well as the jury's verdict, read here, here, and here.

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