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Juror In Newlywed Murder Trial Replaced With Alternate

Juror In Newlywed Murder Trial Replaced With Alternate

UPDATE 4/8 2:16pm

Another awkward moment in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his newlywed wife.

A juror is being replaced with an alternate after it was revealed she was involved in another case as a witness.

The move happening moments before defendant Michel Escoto, who's representing himself, could begin his presentation.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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The man representing himself in court for the murder of his newlywed wife is about to begin his case.

 Prosecutors wrapping up their case Monday against Michel Escoto, but not before calling up the lead detective, Miami-Dade's Maria Mederos, who testifies Escoto showed no emotion in the news of his wife's death.

"Are you an expert in grieving?" asked Escoto, "Or do you have any special inside knowledge on how people grieve and how people are affected by the death of loved ones?"

"Yes, I'm the one who tells them," says Mederos, "Yes, I see it many, many times ... I do." 

Escoto is accused of killing his wife to cash in on the life insurance, and faces up to life in prison.

Escoto has gotten himself into trouble during courtroom proceedings thus far. He had a verbal outburst with a key witness last week, threatening his dead newlywed wife's attorney.

He was found in contempt for the outburst and will serve a 30-day jail sentence. when the trial is over.

 

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