Disa Murder Case Will Go to the Jury Tuesday

The prosecution and defense both rested their cases Friday.

On Friday morning, September 28, 2012 Solano County prosecutor Barry Taira called his last witness in the trial of Adam Disa, the man accused of killing Katie Gillihan at a Military East condominium in February 2011.

When jurors returned to the courtroom of Judge Peter Foor Friday afternoon they heard one witness called by defense attorney Ken Lee before the defense also rested its case.  The witness was Disa's martial arts instructor Eric Mitchell.

The judge and the attorneys are scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m., Monday. October 1 to discuss jury instructions.

Both attorneys will present their closing arguments to jurors Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 a.m.

In a videotaped interview with police shown to jurors during the trial, Disa admitted he used a chokehold on Gillihan during an argument on Wednesday morning, February 9, 2011 and that she became unconscious. 

He asserted during the interview that he believed Gillihan was sleeping when he left the residence the two shared.  According to Disa, he didn’t realize Gillihan had died until he returned home that evening.

Disa has two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon that Judge Foor classified as domestic violence thus allowing information about the convictions to be entered into evidence in the trial.

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