The jury was allowed to enter the courtroom to process with the trial. The demographic makeup of the jury included five females and nine males and four whites and ten minorities. The judge provided the jury members with instructions to follow which included not to speak to anyone about the case; to allow family or friends to read the newspaper prior to reading it in order not to read anything that pertains to the case; if they are faced with members of the courtroom including spectators in the hallway or elevator, they should turn the back or walk the other way; no e-mail or text communication will be allowed among jurors and/or the public.
The issue being argued in this case is did David Connor kill Benjamin Law, the auto mechanic of the shop? David Connor was a business owner of the Chancellor Auto Mechanic Shop, and he also sold used cars. He employed Mr. Benjamin Law, who performed all mechanical needs on the autos and Phillip Leggard, who helped on whatever Mr. Connor needed such as picking up auto pieces and look out after the shop when Mr. Connor was not there. Mr. Leggard was also related through marriage in which Mr. Connor was married to a cousin of Mr. Leggards cousin. The incident took place inside the Chancellor Auto Shop in Irvington, NJ on August 18, 2006 during the mid-day hours.
The opening statements presented by the assistant prosecutor stated that Mr. Connor killed and disposed of Mr. Benjamin Laws body because he believed that Mr. Law was selling drugs from the auto shop. He also informed the jury that evidence will be presented in favor of the state and witnesses will give testimony giving vital information about the chain of events that took place on August 18, 2006 and afterwards.
The defense counsel gave a different perspective in reference to the case. He informed the jury that he would prove without a reasonable doubt that the defendant David Connor did not kill the victim, Benjamin Law. He mentione View More »