Oct 2, 2015 7:07 PM
DOVER - Zachary Pinette, who has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Aaron Wilkinson, told the jury Friday morning he feels remorse for his participation in the crime.
"I feel bad for Aaron's family, and I can't really, I can't imagine how his parents feel. I never had any kids, so I can't imagine losing one," Pinette said.
Wilkinson's mother sat in the front row of the gallery and cried.
"I know that my mother cares a lot about me, and couldn't imagine losing me," Pinette added.
Soon after, however, Wilkinson was put on the spot by Tristan Wolusky's defense attorney, Mark Sisti, who pounced on the opportunity to talk about the lies Pinette admits he told police, and the inconsistencies between his version of events, and what co-conspirator Michael Tatum told the jury this week.
Sisti said Pinette owned one of the knives used during Wilkinson's slaying on June 21, 2014, and he used a machete he bought for a camping trip during a majority of the attack.
Pinette said he used the machete on Wilkinson's legs as he, Tatum and Wolusky held Wilkinson down, demanding drugs and money. He used the knife to stab Wilkinson, but "it didn't feel right," so he took the machete back.
That is what he used to then strike Wilkinson in the back of the head. Sisti showed the jurors a picture of Wilkinson's damaged skull.
Sisti also showed jurors a photo of Wilkinson's chest, and asked Pinette why he lied and told police Wilkinson was stabbed in the gut, and the fatal blow was one to the chest. There were only a few marks on Wilkinson's front.
"Will you look at the jury and say, 'I lied on multiple occasions about Wilkinson being stabbed in the abdomen and chest.' Will you tell that to the jury?" Sisti said.
"Um," Pinette replied.
"Look at them, and tell them, 'I am a liar when it comes to that,'" Sisti demanded.
"That is actually something that I believed happened," Pinette said.
Pinette finished his testimony Friday afternoon. The state is expected to rest their case on Tuesday.
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