A Watertown woman who has maintained she fatally stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense in 2010 will not testify in her own defense at trial.
The prosecution and defense both rested Friday in the Jefferson County Court murder trial of Krista M. Goley without her taking the stand to tell her version of what happened Sept. 1, 2010, at her residence at 111 E. Lynde St., Apt. 3.
Goley, 26, faces a second-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Timothy C. Rolland, 21, by stabbing him near the heart with a butcher knife during a domestic dispute. In statements to police, Goley claimed she stabbed Mr. Rolland as he raised his fist to strike her after throwing a stool and table at her.
However, the countys medical examiner, Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, testified Friday that Mr. Rolland suffered nine stab wounds, eight of which were superficial. He described the 5½-inch-deep wound above Mr. Rollands heart, which pierced his lung, as the fatal wound.
Goleys statement to police indicated that she had repeatedly jabbed an intoxicated Mr. Rolland with the knife in an attempt to keep him away from her.
Despite her contention that the fatal blow came as Mr. Rolland had his arm raised, two witnesses, Cory and Stephanie Desforges, testified Thursday that Mr. Rolland did not have his arm raised when the stabbing occurred. The Desforges were roommates of Goley and Mr. Rolland.
Dr. Livingstone testified that eight of the wounds were consistent with those that could be expected by someone poking a person with a knife, but that the wound in the upper chest was made forcefully with the weapon coming down at angle that cut Mr. Rolland from his left side toward his right. He said his autopsy determined that Mr. Rolland died from loss of blood. Vance J. Trapp, a city police evidence technician who processed the crime scene, told jurors the scene looked like a butcher shop. There was blood everywhere.
Prosecutors also presented several witnesses who were incarcerated with Goley at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building who testified that Goley, a Fort Drum soldier, had told them she planned to stab Mr. Rolland, a former soldier, and that she never expressed any remorse for the act.
She laughed about it. It was a joke, Chryssaundra L. Shipman-Harrison testified Friday.
Closing statements are scheduled to take place Monday morning, with the jury deliberating the case in the afternoon.