Former prosecutor says Deedy retrial would not benefit either side

 

A former prosecutor, now a defense attorney, says there may not be another trial because it’s possible neither side would see it as to their advantage.

He said instead, they could reach an agreement to avoid a second trial.

“There’s a greater chance that even though innocent, he could be convicted guilty just by the mere fact of having to go through the process multiple times,” defense attorney Victor Bakke said. “Now that the trial has played itself out so to speak, both sides can give a much stronger evaluation of their case, the strengths and the weaknesses of both sides and it’s not uncommon to see a plea agreement come about as a result of a hung jury in the first trial.”

Bakke believes the outcome of the trial would have been different if jury had been given the option of manslaughter.

“I believe that if the jury had been given the option of manslaughter we very likely could be standing here talking about the verdict coming back as guilty of manslaughter,” Bakke said.

Bakke says if Deedy had been convicted of murder, he would not have spent a long time behind bars because he is not a danger to society.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association calls Deedy a hero, who is innocent.

In a statement, the group blasted the prosecutor for calling Deedy a “bully with a badge,” saying the prosecutor’s antics made clear who the real bully is in this case.

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