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3/7/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jury hears closing arguments in Ketchner murder case
Deliberations are next step
Darrell Ketchner
Darrell Ketchner
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The jury in the Darrell Ketchner murder trial heard closing arguments from both sides Wednesday, and could deliberate on the case today.

Both sides agree that Ketchner stabbed Ariel Allison to death and attacked her mother, Jennifer Allison, on July 4, 2009.

At issue is whether Ketchner had a plan to kill someone in mind the night he went to the Allison home.

It's the difference between first-degree murder, which could lead to the death penalty, and second-degree murder, which could lead to life in prison.

"The defendant was angry and it wasn't the kind that was hot and passionate. It was the kind you nurse," County Attorney Megan McCoy told the jury.

"He immediately moved to attack Jennifer. There is no talking. There is no knocking."

The blows to Ariel and Jennifer were not glancing blows, she said.

Ketchner's attorney, John Napper, admitted that Ketchner had killed Ariel and attempted to kill Jennifer Allison, but he said the government selectively used evidence to prove their case.

"Much of this case is not in dispute," he said. "But it is unfair and unethical to cherry pick the facts."

He pointed out that Ketchner had a bag with him containing prescription medications, a change of clothes and his reading glasses. It was an overnight bag. Ketchner also had his ID on him, Napper said.

Napper pointed out that most people do not carry their reading glasses, ID and prescriptions with them when they attempt to commit murder.

Ketchner had a key to the home and knew there was a gun in the back bedroom.

"If he had pre-planned this, he would have used his key in the back door, gotten the gun and then executed everyone in the house," Napper said.

"How (the murder) was done, that is the issue, not who did it," he said. "There is no pre-plan to kill. Convict him of what he did, but don't let the government go too far."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Week or so later a check came in the mail. I'm the one who deposited the check, so I know it happened.”

Good for you – all I know is that I never received a check for “jury duty.” I did receive a check for mileage and that was specified on the check.

“I find it odd that you have no desire to serve.”

It is a total waste of time IMO. I go, I sit for four to six hours and then I am summarily dismissed.
I will be reporting again next week and if selected will vote to convict no matter what the case. So beware evildoers!


Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@AN

Don't know what court you were called to, but my wife was called about 2 yrs after we moved here. Not sure if it was County or City. Went down and filled out the paperwork with about 20 other people, waited around for about 4 hrs, came home after being dismissed (no interview or questions). Week or so later a check came in the mail. I'm the one who deposited the check, so I know it happened.

Now...perhaps she was indeed selected behind closed doors, but the case was worked out through a plea of some sort before they started proceedings. I just know she was never seated in the jury box nor even knew the case she would be hearing.

I find it odd that you have no desire to serve. I consider it equivalent to voting...a civic duty. When I was active duty I received one notice back in VA, but as soon as I I told them I was military, they told me not to show up. 15 yrs later I've never received another.


Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“...it just means that AN will never see any jury duty.”

Ahh, figured that out did you?

“He'll still get that $13(?) check for showing up though.”

Nope, you only get a check of you actually serve on a jury. Been there three times so far and never got selected and never got a check. Just a total waste of time.


Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"I simply said I have been summoned for jury duty and that I will vote to convict anyone I have to deal with."

For those that don't know...it just means that AN will never see any jury duty. Anyone who says, I'll vote guilty (or innocent) for any case they hear will be dismissed. Otherwise it would probably be cause for a mistrial. He'll still get that $13(?) check for showing up though.


Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@ Jack Aloopy

“anson, before you blow yourself up to much more, the jury that convicted him will hear the penalty phase”

Where did I say I was going to have anything to do with this trial? I simply said I have been summoned for jury duty and that I will vote to convict anyone I have to deal with. Simple as that.


Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A.Lope

anson, before you blow yourself up to much more, the jury that convicted him will hear the penalty phase

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: who are kidding number two

So you must have forethought in your mind to be guilty of murder in the first degree in AZ. How much? one hour, one minute. A week, year, one tenth of a second would be enough for me to convict.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Good news! I have received a summons for jury duty and you can bet that if I have to put up with this that any case I sit on the defendent will be guilty - no ifs, ands, or butts. I'll vote to stick 'em jail or put 'em to death.

Look out criminals of Mohave County the Reaper is coming for you!


Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Who are we Kidding

This is so sad and sickening the bottom line is he killed that poor girl and then attempted to kill her mother as well. So it comes down to was it pre planned because one is so much worse than the other, does he get the death penalty or do the tax paying citizens have to support him for the rest of his life while he is in jail that is getting off so easy for him. My heart goes out to this family and I hope in this case justice is served.



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