Defendant in Massachusetts Murder Trial Elects Not to Take the Stand.

A Burlington, Massachusetts murder trial continued on September 20, 2013, when defendant Christopher Piantedosi declined the right to take the stand to testify on his own behalf. Judge Diane Kottymer told the jury that every defendant has that right, and that they should not make a decision or be influenced by the defendant’s election to exercise that right. 

Piantedosi is on trial for first-degree murder.  He allegedly stabbed his girlfriend, Kristen Pulisciano, back in May 2012.  Pulisciano died in her home on Forbes Avenue. Piantedosi pleaded not guilty. His lawyers claim that due to hospital medication, he was involuntarily intoxicated at the time of his girlfriend’s wrongful death. The prosecution called an expert witness, who was a psychiatrist for nearly 25 years. The psychiatrist testified that it would take a significantly higher dosage to involuntarily intoxicate someone, with the medication that Piantedosi was given during his hospital visit, just before his girlfriend died.

The jury is set to begin its deliberations after the closing statements scheduled to be made on Monday, September 23, 2013.

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