MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A bizarre development in the capital murder trial of Carlos Kennedy occurred Wednesday, May 15.
Kennedy is accused of the sexual assault and beating death of Mobile Realtor Zoa White in June 2010.
Kennedy took the stand in his own defense, against the wishes of his attorneys.
For most of the trial, Kennedy sat quietly. After the prosecution rested, however, Kennedy told his attorneys he wanted to take the stand.
He said virtually nothing about the charge against him.
Defense Attorney Art Powell said, "Mr. Kennedy, unfortunately, from my perspective, decided to testify."
Kennedy did make one comment concerning White.
According to Defense Attorney Jason Darley, Kennedy said, "that out of respect for their relationship (referring to White), he's not commenting on it ‘without her permission' were his exact words."
JURORS SEE VIDEOTAPE OF QUESTIONING
Earlier in the day, jurors watched a dramatic videotape of two Mobile Police detectives questioning Kennedy.
Mobile Police Detective Rusty Hardeman testified police made Kennedy a murder suspect in the White case when a fingerprint at the crime scene matched with Kennedy's.
The tape was made shortly before Kennedy was arrested for White's death, and about an hour of it was shown to jurors.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Among the statements on the tape, Hardeman tells Kennedy, "We got you," and later, "You don't get a fingerprint on a dead body."
Hardeman was referring to a fingerprint found on White's body, that later was determined to be unidentifiable.
Later in the interview, Kennedy is heard saying, "I didn't kill the woman," to which Hardeman responds, "You have a lot more reasons not to admit it."
Toward the end of his part of the interview, Hardeman shows Kennedy a photo of White's body and said, "Raped and murdered, that's what they're (a jury) is going to see."
Later, Police Lt. Tom Boykin joins Hardeman and they accuse Kennedy of killing White. Boykin then told Kennedy, "If we're wrong, tell us that."
Kennedy said, "I don't know what else to say, man," to which Boykin responds, "Tell us the truth."
After lunch, it was the defense's turn to question Hardeman.
Powell brought up that there was no physical evidence of trauma to show White was sexually assaulted, and asking Hardeman why he didn't submit hair samples found at the scene of the murder.
Hardeman said that was redundant after DNA evidence was found.
WATCHING IN THE COURTROOM
Among those sitting in the courtroom for part of testimony was Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams.
Closing arguments will take place Thursday and then the case will go to the jury.
Kennedy could face the death penalty if convicted.
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