Monday, March 21, 2011
Dave Ricker brings us a dispatch from the trial of Jason Bush:
Trial started Friday for the alleged shooter in the May 30, 2009, home invasion in Arivaca that left a father and daughter dead and a mother injured, and it appears it will be a short one.
The first day of wrenching testimony sounded much like that from the trial of Shawna Forde, who was given the death sentence in the shooting deaths of Raul “Junior” Flores and his daughter, Brisenia, 9.
Jason Eugene Bush, 36, is the second of three people to face trial in the murders. Albert Gaxiola of Arivaca goes on trial after Bush’s concludes.
In a motion filed with the court last week, defense counsel Richard Parrish wrote that he and co-counsel Chris Kimminau do not plan to actively defend Bush during the first phase of the potentially three-phase trial, calling the evidence against him “overwhelming.”
But they are arguing that the jury should not hear evidence that Bush is wanted in connection with a pair of 1997 murders in the state of Washington during the penalty phase of the trial if he is found guilty.
At this point, the defense isn’t trying to save Bush from a conviction, they’re trying to save him from death.