Protection lawyer Paul Johnson questioned how Whitman might have seen what was occurring from his vantage level throughout the road outdoors one other pharmacy catty-nook to the Walgreens.
The witness stated he did not get a great take a look at the kidnapper’s face however knew police obtained the fitting man when he noticed how Cochran walked on TV.
“In my head, I assumed, ‘They acquired the proper individual,'” he stated.
Whitman stated he tried to intervene however could not cross busy Garland Street in time. As an alternative he advised somebody in a comfort retailer to name the police. He did not need to speak to them as a result of there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Johnson questioned the reliability of Whitman who has a legal document “longer than my arm,” he stated.
The protection lawyer additionally repeatedly tried to poke holes within the bodily proof that prosecutors say hyperlinks his shopper to the crime scene.
Cochran couldn’t be excluded as a match from a hair present in Hastings’ hand nevertheless it was not a definitive match to the accused.
His DNA was discovered on the knife used to kill Hastings, however Johnson stated knives just like the homicide weapon have been generally discovered at a movie show the place Cochran labored. He stated it is potential Cochran got here into contact with the knife there.
Prosecutors initially deliberate to hunt the dying penalty towards Cochran however reversed the choice in November, saying Cochran has an mental incapacity that takes capital punishment off the desk underneath the regulation.