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|Defense Rests in Mabry Trial, But Not Before Defendant Calls Self to Stand
|The re-trial of a Galesburg man on attempted murder charges is close to over.
The state began its cross-examination of the defendant in the case of 41 year old Jerry Mabry Friday morning in Knox County Court. Mabry testified that the sex in the Mulberry Street residence in 2004 on the night of the attack was consensual. But halfway through, he says the victim's attitude changed and resulted in a physical altercation between the two. Mabry did admit several times to physically abusing her on that night but claims it was only in self defense. He denied ever slamming the victims face into a coffee table claiming rather that he pushed her away from attacking him and she slipped and fell into the coffee table herself.
Mabry went on to say he never called for an ambulance or any kind of professional help. He told the jury how since he was in love with the victim, he would take care of her. He testified that he had wrapped up and even cleaned her wounds. Mabry told the court he didn't remember telling his cousin in a recorded phone call that he started beating on her and just kept going and going and that he couldn't help that he just snapped.
Mabry claims he was just fending off her attacks, claiming she was drunk and hitting him. Knox County State's Attorney John Pepmeyer asked Mabry if the victim was beating on him, what prevented him from leaving the residence -- to which Mabry responded that Love prevented him from leaving.
A Galesburg officer was recalled to the stand as well as the victim.
The victim again included answers like "You're full of false accusations Jerry. You beat me, and what you did to me was wrong" when Mabry, who is defending himself, asked her questions. Mabry also claimed that he wasn't a perfect person in reference to two prior convictions of theft. The jury will begin to deliberate after the closing arguments take place Monday morning.
|10 24 08 by Newsroom
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