Two prosecutors used their closing arguments Monday in a Garvin County District courtroom to convince jurors the evidence pointed to Speerbrecher’s guilt, while one of his defense attorneys said there were other suspects in the case not fully investigated by law enforcement.
“We ask that you search for the truth,” Assistant District Attorney George Burnett said as jurors listened intently during the late afternoon hours.
“The evidence compared to the elements of the crime prove the defendant is guilty of this atrocious crime,” he said.
“The defendant used unreasonable force on that tragic day in the life of that infant. This man killed that baby. He might not have meant to. Find him guilty.”
Defense attorney Perry Hudson of Oklahoma City focused his message on what he described as an incomplete investigation that failed to look closer at other suspects, namely the baby’s mother, Lisa Speerbrecher.
“This investigation was handicapped from the beginning. They had made up their minds 6 or 7 hours after his happened,” Hudson said, referring to his client being the lone suspect in the minds of investigators.
“It’s not the way to search for the truth,” he said. “A proper investigation was never conducted.
“If you want to hold someone to the fire for this it’s local law enforcement.”
Hudson told jurors the defense questions why Lisa Speerbrecher was not more closely targeted as a suspect in this case.
“She was a legitimate suspect. You can’t have a search for the truth if that’s how we treat legitimate suspects.”
The defense attorney also wondered why law enforcement’s investigation believed her timeline of the events leading up to the baby’s death, considering Hudson’s claim she lied to deputies about such things as her own drug consumption.
“We should trust the woman we know we can’t trust? Hudson asked.
“She’s telling us Johnny was the last person to see Brody Speerbrecher alive. How do we know that. Because we’re taking Lisa Speerbrecher at her word. Shouldn’t we have thoroughly investigated that before accepted her word,” he said.
He told jurors to look at all the evidence and decide whether or not the state has proven guilt in this case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Somebody has to pay, but it can’t be him unless it’s beyond a reasonable doubt,” Hudson said, referring to the defendant.