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This is our FINAL day of CATCH-UP live-streaming the Dean Cummings self-defense trial taking place this week in New Mexico--with our next show on this trial we'll be doing our commentary and analysis in real time, as the trial takes place. This will be a relatively SHORT DAY, as court was in session for only about three hours.
Cummings is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, tampering with evidence, and concealing his identity. His legal defense is self-defense.
Spoiler: I'm told that at the end of today's proceedings the State rests, and the court grants the defense motions to dismiss the ridiculous charges of tampering with evidence and concealing his identity. Remaining for the jury's consideration, however, are the equally ridiculous murder and manslaughter charges.
So, today's show will be our assessment of whether the remainder of the State's evidence could possibly lead any rational jury to a conclusion that Cummings claim of self-defense has been disproved beyond a reasonable doubt by the State.
Once again, I've invited various law-guests on throughout the day, as they have time and interest available--pop in and see who's joined!
Dean Cummings, once apparently a famous skier, shot and killed Guillermo Arriola on February 29, 2020, in New Mexico. The two men got into an altercation in Cummings trailer when they argued about a prospective sale of land by Arriola to Cummings. Cummings claims that Arriola sprayed him with a chemical irritant and tried to kill him, and that Cummings shot Arriola dead with a rifle in self-defense.
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