Jury Deliberates Gillette’s Fate

Johan GilletteEUGENE, Ore. — The jury is now deliberating the fate of Johan Gillette, after both sides presented closing arguments Tuesday.

Johan is charged with killing his dad, James, and dad’s partner, former UO School of Music Dean Anne McLucas in 2012.

Prosecutors say Johan beat them with a wrench and tried to cover up the crimes with bleach.

On Tuesday, the deputy DA told the jury Johan lied to police when initially questioned, quickly pointed the finger at others, and got rid of the weapon. He says Johan had the intent to kill and the number of blows to each victims’ head proved that, and blood spatter evidence doesn’t support Johan’s self-defense claim.

Johan’s attorney says the state is trying to prove he woke up one day, after 37 years, a homicidal maniac. But he says Johan was fighting for his life, and he was just delivering blows until the threat was gone, after Johan’s dad reached for a gun.

The defense says Johan didn’t know it was McLucas who jumped on his back.

“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Nine blows to Jim Gillette’s head. Nine. This was nothing but intentional,” said Deputy District Attorney Stephen Morgan.

“How many blows are sufficient to keep from getting shot with this very, very powerful handgun? How many? And the answer to that is until whoever it is that is trying to shoot you can’t shoot you anymore,” said Defense Attorney Dan Koenig.

If Gillette is found not guilty on three counts of aggravated murder and one count of animal abuse charges, the law requires the jury to consider lesser charges.

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