Johnston: We asked you to do one thing in this case look at all the evidence. The state has tried to show these prints mean more than they do. It's circumstantial evidence. Mitchell didn't do a good thing. He committed a crime of stealing from Stickley. There's no instruction that says you should find him guilty of the most serious crime.
Johnston: This alley was a thoroughfare of where people were selling and buying drugs. Anybody could have come through and done this to her. But it doesn't mean they stabbed her and killed her.
Johnston: There's no proof that Mitchell was at the Hy-Vee. We put that into evidence. That's pure speculation. There's no proof that Stickley would give her phone to someone else. She had security on her phone. What cab driver would give somebody their phone.
Johnston: There's a lot of circumstantial evidence in this case. There was no weapon found. Mitchell had no injuries. No DNA of STickely was found on him or his clothing. Mitchell told you what he did that night and where he went.
Johnston is having some technical trouble with a video.
Johnston: He's showing jurors surveillance video of Road Ranger. There's two cabs there at 8:41 p.m. and one of them is Stickley's. The prosecutor kept asking Mitchell what time did he leave the house that night and what time he went by Road Ranger. He says person walking by is Mitchell.
Johnston: He's wearing white coat and red hat at 8:42 p.m. which is where he told you he was and what he was doing. His clothing was put into evidence. The state didn't. There wasn't a speck of blood on any of this clothing.
Johnston: Who wouldn't show you a seen of where the victim and defendant are in the same scene? He's pointing out on video saying "That's Johnathan Mitchell. That's his white coat and red hat."
I can't see the video.
Johnston: Stickley is parked at Oakland Gardens and then at 9:42 p.m. she's back down at Road Ranger. This showed she couldn't stop at Mitchell's house according to timing and the driving video we showed you yesterday. The state is trying to put Mitchell in the cab when he wasn't. They are ignoring this technology.
Johnston: Stickely didn't document that fare. She drove past places and if she was in distress, she could have gotten help. She was doing something voluntary but something she didn't want anyone to know.
Johnston: She never hit panic button. She could have easily hit it without anyone in the cab seeing her.
Johnston: Stickley texted her daughter at 9:44 p.m. which showed she wasn't in distress. She was already in the alley. She wouldn't have fought over $50. Her daughter said that.
Johnston: It makes more sense she got stabbed because she was involved in something or something was in her cab. That would make more sense about her unusual behavior that night than her getting stabbed over someone robbing her for crack cocaine.
Johnston: Your going to stab someone with your dominant hand. If they did the stabbing, something would be on their clothes and nothing was on Mitchell's.
Johnston: Regarding Stickley's phone, there's a print on the phone but it wasn't identifiable. The state didn't talk about it because it didn't fit their theory. The print didn't belong to Mitchell.
Johnston: Matthew Robinson was also a dangerous guy. Tommy Collins said he saw someone with black coat and dark clothes. Mariah Lang, Robinson's wife, said Robinson had a dark coat. Collins could have seen someone else in the cab that night.
Johnston: Lang said a cab was a way to move drugs, which makes sense because police wouldn't pull them over.
Scott: Collins and Owens had no way of knowing Mitchell left his bloody prints in the cab. The officers didn't tell them that. Owens is in the business of selling crack, along with Collins and Robinson - the last thing they would want is to attract police to their business. Owens had to shut down one of his crack houses because of this. They wouldn't want someone murdered next to their crack house.
Scott: If defense theory is correct and Mitchell was just stealing money and then ran into Owens - why wouldn't he tell Owens about the dead body he just came across to gain favor with Owens.
Scott: Mitchell told you he went to Diane's house after not finding Tory home but he can't even tell you Diane's last name. Nobody to verify that. Diane never came forward.
Scott: Collins identified Mitchell as person going through the cab but Mitchell didn't say there was a car going through the alley more than once. Mitchell only said he saw tail lights going out.
Scott: Defense spends a lot of time bringing up red herrings and conspiracy theories. Who's truth has corroborating evidence to back up theory.
Scott: None of the other witnesses in this case have a motive to kill Stickley, like Owens, Collins and Robinson. No physical evidence ties them to the scene. No DNA matched them.
Scott: Stickley was murdered between 9:44 and 10:01 p.m. Defense would have you believe some random person killed her, leaving the money for Mitchell to steal. That's a narrow window.