Dayonte Resiles retrial: Attorneys disagree after juror waves goodbye
The most relevant holdups on Thursday during the murder retrial of Dayonte “Moochie” Resiles’s retrial happened while the jury wasn’t present. Broward Circuit Judge John J. Murphy III had to consider two incidents involving jurors.
Prosecutors asked Murphy to dismiss a juror. A deputy saw the juror waving goodbye. Prosecutors said he was waving at Resiles, and defense attorneys said he was waving at everyone in the courtroom.
“The context of it was you said, ‘Goodnight’ and he lifted his hand at everyone,” said Allari Dominguez, a defense attorney. “He did not communicate, he just lifted his hand at everybody because it was the end of the day. That is not enough to remove a juror.”
A Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy demonstrates on Thursday how a juror waved goobye on Wednesday during the murder retrial of Dayonte Resiles.
Murphy also questioned a clerk who works in the jury room. There was a suspicion that on Wednesday that clerk broke a cardinal rule in the courthouse — do not to talk to jurors about a pending case. The clerk said she didn’t realize she wasn’t allowed to and mentioned it in passing.
“I said, ‘Oh! I just saw that trial on the news this morning; something about a knife’”
Murphy will have to decide whether or not the jurors need to be replaced with alternates. He said he needs to look at case law to make a decision.
Once the jury returned to the courtroom, most of the testimony focused on forensics from the crime scene.
The Medical Examiner’s Office determined Jill Halliburton Su, 59, was stabbed and slashed more than 20 times with a knife in 2014. Her body was in her home at 10327 SW 22 Pl., in Davie’s Westridge gated community.
Thursday marks another day of testimony in the murder retrial of Dayonte “Moochie” Resiles, as the state continues to slog through a ton of DNA evidence in the murder of a 59-year-old distant member of the Halliburton family.
Resiles’s attorneys have been doing their best to pick apart the state’s evidence — even implying there are others who should be on trial for the murder.
Halliburton Su’s son, Justin Su, was briefly a suspect after he reported finding her dead on Sept. 8, 2014, in her bathtub.
Resiles’s DNA was on a knife and a bathrobe belt.
The jury listened to Kevin McEflresh, a forensic DNA expert. They also listened to crime scene techs describe how they processed the evidence from the case, even showing how they swabbed the inside of a knife handle for DNA.
Investigators said this belt at the 2014 murder scene had Dayonte Resile’s DNA.
“In terms of your contact with Justin Su, every time you saw him, he wasn’t crying or saying anything, right?” Defense attorney Michael Orlando asked Eliza Shaw, a crime scene investigator.
“No, he was not,” Shaw said.
Shaw went on to describe what she remembered from the crime scene more than seven years ago.
“There were bloodstains on the floor. I noticed there were boxes and drawers that were open. There was jewelry on the floor,” Shaw said.
“Her legs were tied around with an electrical cord. Her arms were tied with a sash, the tie to the robe. I observed multiple stab wounds on her upper body.”
Coverage of the retrial
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Coverage of last year’s mistrial
Dec. 12: Juror discusses their inability to reach a unanimous verdictDec. 9: ‘A lot of conflict’: Jury’s foreman blames Resiles’ mistrial on 3 out of 12 jurorsDec. 8: Mistrial in Resiles murder case as jury fails to agree on verdictDec. 7: Long deliberations in Resiles murder trial may be sign of reasonable doubt, expert saysDec. 3: Jury begins deliberating fate of Dayonte ResilesDec. 1: Resiles’s murder trial continues with recordings of jailhouse calls, guard’s testimonyNov. 30: Resiles murder trial resumes with testimony over DNA, jail lettersNov. 24: Davie crime scene techs testify in Dayonte Resiles murder trialNov. 22: Detective testifies about crime scene during Resiles’ trial for Jill Halliburton Su’s murderNov. 18: Once a suspect, son testifies in mother’s murder caseNov. 17: Husband takes stand in murder case where woman was found bound, stabbed in bathtubRead More