A Nigerian within the United States, Osa Alohaneke, faces the prospect of spending the remainder of his life in jail, after he was convicted by a court docket in Fort Bend County, Houston for the 2015 stabbing to loss of life of his fiancée, a Cameroonian.
After deliberating for some 13 hours, a jury late Friday afternoon convicted 59-year-old Osa Alohaneke within the slaying of Evelyne Ebane Epiepang, 52.
Alohaneke regarded down and confirmed no emotion when the decision was learn in court docket.
Prosecutors alleged that Alohaneke used a kitchen knife to assault Epiepang, his fiancée, and her buddy, Veronica Taku.
Alohaneke, who was dwelling on the time in a piece of southwest Houston that lies in Fort Bend County, was charged with first-degree homicide and aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. Jurors acquitted Alohaneke of the assault prices.
Epiepang was stabbed greater than 30 occasions and died as she known as 911 operators for assist. Screams echoed within the courtroom for greater than 4 minutes when prosecutors performed the 911 name for jurors final week.
When police arrived, Alohaneke was on the telephone with an lawyer, his palms lined in blood. Blood was splatted on his arms as much as his elbows, Assistant District Attorney Amanda Bolin instructed jurors throughout her closing arguments.
“His mission was pain and devastation and he accomplished his mission,” Bolin stated.
Defense lawyer Eric Ashford pointed to what he stated have been weaknesses within the case towards Alohaneke, lots of which he alleged have been brought on by a haphazard investigation by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
“Was this case taken seriously by investigators? They didn’t even do the forensic analysis needed to determine the murder weapon,” Ashford instructed jurors.
Ashford instructed jurors that detectives took a number of knives from the scene however that no testing was accomplished to determine which was used within the killing. In addition, the lawyer stated, detectives took Alahoneke’s garments when he was arrested however by no means examined them for blood or DNA. Neither have been fingernail scrapings have been taken from the sufferer. Also, he famous that detectives took Alahoneke’s telephone however that jurors have been by no means proven textual content messages as proof he was concerned within the assault.
Ashford additionally attacked the credibility of Taku, the one witness to the killing. She had testified she noticed Alohaneke “turn white like a ghost after the murder”.
“This could have been a hallucination,” Ashford instructed jurors. “But did detectives investigate Taku’s mental status? No, during testimony they said they didn’t think it was important.”
Jurors now start the penalty part. Alohaneke faces a sentence of as much as life in jail.
*Reported by Houston Chronicle