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Jury expected to deliberate Tuesday in Lacey manslaughter trial

Published: May. 23, 2022 at 11:52 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - The defense brought its witnesses and rested its case Monday morning on the sixth day of Nicole Lacey’s manslaughter trial in Jefferson County Court.

Lacey was charged with first-degree manslaughter in 2020 after she allegedly ran over her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jared Cook, with a car at their Antwerp home.

The defense called two witnesses to the stand. The first, Lacey’s father Gerald, testified that in his work as a mechanic for more than three decades, he could have removed dents, scuffs, and even crushed the car Lacey is accused of using but didn’t.

Also testifying was a professional engineer specializing in highway accident reconstruction. He says the police reconstruction of the incident is not a good representation and has inaccuracies, including tire tracks that were allegedly made that day and the way Cook sustained his injuries.

The defense rested its case just before 11 a.m. and court was recessed until 1:30 p.m.

Then, closing arguments began with defense attorney Gary Miles.

He said Lacey’s actions throughout the case don’t paint the picture of a person who killed a loved one.

Miles also says the prosecutors didn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Lacey is guilty.

Assistant District Attorney Nolan Pitkin told the jury they did put forth their case.

He says Lacey’s emotions turned lethal and that her story has never been concrete, including her words that she saw Cook lying in the driveway in the way she told police, which Pitkin says was likely impossible.

On Tuesday, Judge David Renzi will charge the jury. Then they will begin deliberations. Proceedings begin at 9 a.m.

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