Images of suicide victim won’t be allowed at roommate’s trial


A FAIR TRIAL. IN MAY OF 2018, 19-YEAR-OLD
MICHAEL BUSKEY WAS FOUND DEAD IN
THE WOODS NEAR HIS PLYMOUTH
APARTMENT. HIS DEATH WAS RULED A SUICIDE,
BUT AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATION,
POLICE ARRESTED BUSKEY’S
ROOMMATE, PARKER HOGAN, AND
CHARGED HIM WITH CAUSING OR
AIDING A SUICIDE INVOLVING DEATH AND FALSIFYING PHYSICAL
EVIDENCE. TODAY, AS HE PREPARES TO GO ON
TRIAL, HOGAN’S DEFENSE ASKED
JUDGE LAWRENCE MACLEOD TO DENY
ANY CLOTHING OR SIGNAGE WITH
IMAGES OF BUSKEY INSIDE HIS
COURTROOM. A MOTION MACLEOD APPROVED.>>IT IS THE COURT’S OBLIGATION
TO MAKE SURE THE DEFENDANT HAS A
FAIR TRIAL, AND THAT THE JURY
MAKES FACTUAL DETERMINATIONS
BASED ON THE EVIDENCE.>>I JUST WANT TO KEEP HIS
MEMORY ALIVE. TIM: BUSKEY’S MOTHER, JENNIFER
PHELPS, HAS WORN THIS T-SHIRT
DONNING HIS PICTURE TO JUST
ABOUT EVERY HEARING FOR HOGAN.>>I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, I
GUESS, THE WAY THE JUDGE IS
SEEING IT. I AM NOT PLEASED. WE CAN STILL HAVE AN OUTSIDE THE
COURTHOUSE AND THERE WILL BE
PLENTY OF PICTURES. TIM: PHELPS SAYS SHE IS JUST
RELIEVED THE TRIAL IS MOVING
FORWARD.>>WE WILL GET THE CLOSURE THAT
WE NEED AND DESERVE. IT WILL BE ROUGH, BUT WE ARE ALL
ANXIOUS FOR IT TO HAPPEN AND TO
FINALLY CLOSE THE CHAPTER. TIM: PARKER HOGAN’S TRIAL WILL
BEGIN NEXT MONDAY IN

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