After 3 warnings, murder suspect barred from testifying
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A judge has halted the testimony from a man charged with killing his wife after he leaned toward jurors and softly asked them to “vote not guilty.”
NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1jByV4B) that Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim warned Ewart Guillette three times not to talk to the jury before the judge prohibited him from testifying Wednesday.
Guillette has pleaded not guilty to charges that he fatally shot his wife, Stacey, 16 times with two handguns in front of their children in Elizabeth in 2010.
Before the trial began, the judge dismissed potential jurors because of statements made by Guillette in the courtroom. Guillette was banned from the courtroom except when his 13-year-old son testified and identified Guillette as the shooter.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations Thursday.
Information from: NJ Advance Media.