McGinnis Trial Begins

9 years 7 months 4 days ago October 23, 2007 Oct 23, 2007 Tuesday, October 23 2007 Tuesday, October 23, 2007 5:16:14 AM CDT in News
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PLATTE CITY (AP) - The trial of a man who allegedly killed his best friend and then raped the victim's wife is under way in Platte County. Jacob McGinnis is charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape, first-degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action. If convicted, the 27-year-old McGinnis faces life in prison. McGinnis has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease and defect. His lawyer says he doesn't dispute that McGinnis committed the crime but argues that he was psychotic and not in his right mind at the time. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says McGinnis shot the murder victim three times in the back with a shotgun in September 2005, then held the weapon to the victim's wife and raped her. The bench trial before Circuit Court Abe Shafer is expected to conclude tomorrow.

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