Defendant proclaims innocence during prosecutor’s closing argument
Silent throughout his trial in the death of a Markleeville man, Michael Ward protested he was innocent in the middle of the prosecution’s closing arguments Wednesday.
Prosecutor Dina Salvucci was just beginning her argument about why the jury should not consider the death of Jeffrey John self defense, when Ward interrupted her.
“I’m sorry your honor, I was in fear for my life,” Ward said.
Attorney Kevin Walsh changed places at the defense table and put his arm around Ward as the 22-year-old Gardnerville man finished his outburst.
“Two guys beat me,” Ward said.
Judge Michael Gibbons ordered the jury to ignore Ward’s statement.
Ward did not testify in his own defense during the trial. Walsh called only one witness and rested on Tuesday.
Ward is accused of stabbing and beating 24-year-old John during a June 23 fight.