Closing arguments wrap up in Dayonte Resiles’ murder retrial
Closing arguments wrapped up Tuesday in the murder retrial of Dayonte “Moochie” Resiles, who is accused of fatally stabbing 59-year-old Jill Halliburton Su inside her Davie home in 2014.
Resiles, now 27, chose not to take the stand in his own defense after the prosecution spent weeks building their case against him in the killing of Su nearly eight years ago.
On Tuesday, the judge read the jury the official charging documents, and then the state began their closing argument.
Prosecutors say Resiles broke into Su’s home, but ended up getting into a struggle with her, stabbing her to death, tying her up and leaving her in a bathtub full of bloody water inside her Davie home.
During closing arguments, the state said DNA evidence put Resiles in the home and proves he was the murderer.
“The defense and I are not going to agree on a lot, but I think we will agree a crime was committed. That Mrs. Jill Su was brutally murdered in her home on September 8, 2014,” prosecutor Maria Schneider said. “Science tells you the defendant killed Jill Su.”
The defense began their closing argument after the state, doing their best to contradict the state’s argument, poking holes in their case and trying to make room for reasonable doubt.
A jury in Resiles’ initial trial could not agree on a verdict after five days of deliberations this past December, leading to a mistrial.
Resiles has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to death.