The Lake Tahoe Homicide - Acquitted of Manslaughter

Summary:

One of the more interesting case, concluded with a verdict of not guilty for manslaughter by a jury after a long trial. Mr. Routsis worked on the case for five years and successfully proved to jurors that his client acted in self-defense. The defendant had to defend his life upon a mountain in Northern California. However, the defendant, in a panic after a life and death struggle drove the body of the deceased over a mountain near Lake Tahoe and cleaned up the crime scene without calling the police. Mr. Routsis entered the case before the police were aware of what occurred. After years of Motion work and finding witnesses regarding the violent character of the deceased (scattered throughout the country) William Routsis went to trial in Placerville, California. A jury of twelve found the defendant not guilty of Manslaughter in a grueling one month trial. Please see newspaper article's attached, as this case was a compelling trial showing self-defense; which was covered almost on a daily basis in Placerville California by the local paper!

Articles:

The Defendant's Sentence could be Appealed
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 27, 2007

Jury: The Defendant not Guilty of Manslaughter
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 18, 2007

Jury: The Defendant not Guilty of Manslaughter
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 17, 2007

The Defendant's Fate in the Hands of Jury: Final Statements made in Court Thursday
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 13, 2007

The Defendant Takes the Stand
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 12, 2007

The Defendant Takes the Stand
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 12, 2007

Doctor: Fall killed Ortega, not the Defendant's blow with Sledgehammer
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 06, 2007

Judge Allows Testimony of Racist Remark in the Defendant Case
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 04, 2007

The Defendant's Defense says they came Forward because they knew Client was Innocent
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: July 02, 2007

Jury Seated for Manslaughter Trial
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Date: June 06, 2007

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