A jury will continue Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. deliberating the fate of a Beaumont man accused of fatally shooting a mother and her 16-year-old daughter in 2010 in their Beaumont home.
Closing arguments in the capital murder trial of Joseph Colone, jr, began at about 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and the jury received the case just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Testimony in the case began last Tuesday and continued almost a week before the prosecution rested and the defense began to present its side of the case Monday afternoon.
The defense continued Tuesday morning and rested shortly after 10 a.m.
Colone, jr.'s attorney told jurors there are still many unanswered questions saying that Beaumont Police did not conduct a thorough investigation.
Colone's attorney also suggested police tailored evidence to make Colone the main suspect.
The defense explained the police never tested Mary Goodman's boyfriend Robert Fontenot for gunshot residue after the shooting. Defense attorney Gerald Borque said he wants to know why mud inside Colone’s getaway car was not tested for DNA.
Borque also told the jury that Fontenot is a despicable human being that can’t be trusted.
The defense emphasized to the jury that Mary Goodman knew Colone well and that would explain why Goodman's DNA was in the getaway car.
In closing Borque told the jury "It's not what you believe it's what you believe beyond a reasonable doubt."
Prosecutors then addressed the jury saying the defense can't "explain away the DNA evidence." Prosecutor Lance Long opened up his closing arguments by sarcastically apologizing for presenting the prosecution’s case.
Long told the jury the DNA evidence shows that Mary Goodman's blood was found inside Colone's getaway car as well as on a glove Colone was wearing.
The prosecution also pointed out that Colone had the motive to kill Goodman because she had witnessed him robbing a game room.
Prosecutor Pat Knauth also addressed the jury during closing arguments. Knauth talked to the jury about the defense’s claims for unanswered questions.
“There is no such thing as a perfect case, stories are not always going to add up,” said Knauth.
Knauth also criticized the defense’s presentation of their case.
“Nothing they presented refuted our evidence, if anything their witnesses said Colone killed the Goodman’s for different reasons,” said Knauth.
In the prosecutions final statements to jurors they emphasized the need for justice to be served following a seven year wait by Goodman's family.