Jun 17, 2015 12:54 PM
Jurors begin deliberating in Portsmouth teen's trial
BRENTWOOD - Jurors deciding the case of Remi Gross-Santos began deliberations just before noon Wednesday, after passionate closing arguments.
Defense attorney Andrew Cotrupi told the jurors that their job is not to be investigators or detectives, claiming that the state did not prove their case through witness testimony or physical evidence.
Cotrupi said that it is the juror's role is to protect Gross-Santos from the second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and transportation of alcohol charges unless the state proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
County Attorney Patricia Conway immediately punched back, saying it is the jury's job to render a true and just verdict in the case and uphold the laws of the state of New Hampshire, saying they "are written to protect our community."
Conway said Gross-Santos, then 17-years-old, and Tyler Dewsnap, planned to go to an all-night drinking party, knowing they would have to be up early on June 12, 2014 for Portsmouth High School's graduation rehearsal.
"They were passing around a bottle of vodka," Conway said of what happened at the party. "He had seven or eight shots and then he had a beer."
After "partying hard" for five hours, Conway said Gross-Santos took a nap.
The courtroom was packed again with supporters of the victims, Karen Weinhold and Lisa Beaudry, as well as supporters of Gross-Santos. A number of teenagers filtered into the courtroom during opening arguments so they could be there for their friend.
Once closing arguments were over, people on both sides showed compassion for Weinhold and Beaudry, who were hospitalized with serious injuries because of the crash, as well as Gross-Santos, who has been silent throughout the trial.
Judge William Delker told members of the jury that they cannot take the fact that Gross-Santos did not testify in his own defense against him. He also said that the defense has no burden of proof in a criminal trial.
Cotrupi called only one witness, patrolmen Tim Galvin, the first officer to arrive on the scene, who said Gross-Santos was cooperative when he spoke to him after the crash.
The jurors are expected to deliberate throughout the afternoon.
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