In Rohnert Park, jurors rendered a not guilty verdict, absolving a man,
D.D. of first-degree and second-degree
murder charges. D.D. was instead convicted of a lesser charge, voluntary manslaughter.
D.D., aged 27, had been accused of stabbing another man, R.K., who had
been vying for the attentions of a romantic interest. D.D.’s legal
team claimed he had been acting in self-defense.
Attorney Joe Bisbiglia represented D.D. in the case.
The Facts of the Case & Testimonies
- The jury consisted of 7 women and 5 men, believed D.D. used more force
than what was necessary.
- D.D.’s ex-girlfriend told him that she was entering into a romantic
relationship with her coworker, R.K. That was the same night that R.K.
had been stabbed.
- Attorney Joe Bisbiglia argued that D.D. had a reputation for being a “gentle
giant” and that this trait did not coincide with acts of violence
or aggression. As such, D.D. was overcharged.
- D.D. testified that he had been emotionally distraught after the breakup
and thought about suicide, but had no ill feelings towards R.K., a good
friend of his.
- D.D. added that on that night, R.K. came toward him with a knife while
D.D. was in his bedroom. D.D. housed a loaded pistol in his room.
- D.D. later stated that the two had gotten into a tussle and took the knife
out of R.K.’s hands. His stabs were in self-defense from R.K.’s advances.
- D.D. called 911 and turned himself into law enforcement officials
Jurors found D.D.’s testimonies credible and that the evidence did
not support acts of aggression but rather that he believed there was a
real threat. AS such, this is what led the jurors to arrive at not guilty
verdicts for first-degree and second-degree murder charges.
The Burden of Proof
To convict someone of a particular charge, all of the elements must be
in place. Prosecutors have the burden of proof to demonstrate that there
is sufficient evidence to support a first-degree murder charge. In D.D.’s
case, jurors did not find the evidence compelling enough to show the willful
act, but rather that he had been mistaken that there was a very real threat.
As a Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer, I, Joe Bisbiglia, have the sharp
and incisive legal skills, finding solutions to any legal dilemma. I have
over a decade of experience and have handled thousands of criminal cases.
I know how to build effective cases to protect your future!
Contact the Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia at (707) 200-8948 and schedule a
free case evaluation.