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UPDATE: Lintz found guilty on all counts


(Updated 9/6/2013 5:15 pm) Keith Lintz has been found guilty on all counts. FOX28's Deanna Allbrittin was in the courtroom. She is gathering reaction to the verdict. We'll have the latest on FOX28 News at 10 and FOX28.com


The jury in the Lintz trial gathered in the courtroom a few minutes ago to request some materials from the judge.

The jurors had several requests to help them in their deliberations.

They requested to have another look at the enhanced photo of the footprint and the cast of the footprint.

They also wanted to have another look at the aerial map of where the Tarwacki's lived and to receive a copy of the seven admission witnesses. That last request was denied.

Once the requests were made, the jury continued their deliberations.

Closing arguments came to a close the trial of Keith Lintz Friday afternoon.  The fate of Keith Lintz is now in the hands of the jury.

Police found John and Carolyn Tarwacki stabbed and shot in their home in February of 2010.  Police arrested Keith Lintz in October of 2012 on charges of murder.

It took nearly three years to find a suspect, but investigators told us they never gave up on the case so they could find justice for the Tarwacki family.


Prosecutor Doug Baker began by repeating the evidence from the scene to paint a grisly picture of what happened the night the Tarwackis were murdered. He pressed the prosecution's belief that Lintz, possibly in a drug-fueled rage entered the Tarwacki home and shot them until he ran out of bullets. Baker said Lintz then stabbed them until they died.

He admitted there is no physical evidence tying Lintz to the scene, but said the jury should not take that into account.

"It's kind of a Red Herring to even talk about that," said Baker. "The case has to be decided on the evidence we do have. There is no sample in that case that identifies the perpetrator. But remember he said, 'I didn't leave my DNA.' and that's telling us something right there!"

Baker said jurors should highly consider the prosecutions witnesses: friends of the Lintz family and other people he says have nothing to gain. They all testified that Lintz told them things that fit with the timeline of the Tarwackis' murder.

"I know talk is cheap, but not this kind of talk," Baker said. "It's not just talk. It's admissions by a disordered soul."

The defense's closing arguments was a presentation of twenty-six reasons they believe the jury should have reasonable doubt.  Defense attorney Greg Feldman said those reasons included inconsistency in some of the prosecution witness testimonies.

Feldman said he did find some of the prosecution's witnesses credible. He said that their testimony was the same time and time again, but what they say they saw doesn't point to Keith Lintz. He cited differences in observed heights and coat color as examples of testimony that he believes doesn't match up.

"It's a 'different person that each of these people saw," Feldman said "And that is enough for reasonable doubt.

The defense also called into question the trustworthiness of other witnesses.

"Felons, convicts, drug users, addicts," Feldman said. "This is the best, with all the power of the state of Michigan, they can bring anyone in to talk to us and the best they can come up with for you to consider is this cast of characters."

The defense concluded by asserting that contrary to the prosecution's argument, there isn't necessarily a lack of direct evidence. He reminded jurors that none of the direct evidence, the knife found two months after the crime, a hair at the scene and DNA on a fence matched Keith Lintz.

The prosecution was able to give a rebuttal before the jury was charged.  FOX28 has a crew in the courtroom.  We will update you as soon as the jury announces they have made a decision.

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