Opening arguments begin in Carpenter murder trial

MARQUETTE – Opening arguments began in the murder case against Ishpeming resident Jacques Earl Carpenter, who is accused of pulling the trigger in the June 8, 2012, shooting death of David Scott Meyer Jr.

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Wiese outlined to the jury the expected testimony of several expert witnesses the prosecution will call to the stand.

Wiese said the scientific evidence would show Meyer was not attacking Carpenter at the time the fatal shot was fired, a key component to the defense’s assertion Carpenter killed Meyer in an act of self-defense.

This case is not about murder, defense attorney Karl Numinen told the jury, but about self-defense.

Numinen went on to explain the expected testimony of the medical examiner in the case, who can attest to the amount of drugs found in Meyer’s system during his autopsy.

Numinen also said Meyer had a violent past, and that members of his own family had taken out orders of personal protection against him.

Testimony began with Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Betsy Rochon, a 30-year veteran in the sheriff’s office.

Rochon was the first police officer notified of the shooting.

For more on the story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Mining Journal

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