THE RANDY KRAFT TRIAL WEEK 19*
Randy Steven Kraft, charged with murdering 16 men, is on trial in Orange County Superior Court in what some legal experts say will be the biggest and costliest case in California history.
LAST WEEK Judge Donald A. McCartin once again expressed frustration at the slow pace of the trial. Also, a Kraft attorney ended the week with a strong speech protesting that some evidence against Kraft was unfair.
THE PROSECUTION ‘Is Mr. Kopeny accusing me of sandbagging?’
--Deputy Dist. Atty. Bryan F. Brown, responding to criticism that he saved evidence for “dramatic effect” in rebuttal and should have used it when he put on his case.
THE DEFENSE ‘Mr. Kraft’s statements to the Long Beach police were clearly not voluntary; he knew what could happen if he didn’t talk to them. ‘
--C. Thomas McDonald, Kraft attorney, in another unsuccesful bid to keep out of evidence Kraft’s 1975 statements that he took one of the victims drinking and driving.
NUMBER OF WITNESSES Last Week: 12.
To Date: 288.
ITEMS LOGGED AS POSSIBLE EVIDENCE Last week: 8.
To Date: 1,210.
THIS WEEK It is still unclear whether the jury will hear closing arguments from the lawyers this week. The defense is expected to complete its rebuttal witnesses by Tuesday, but may ask for a short delay before closing arguments.
* Jury selection and legal motions began July 25, 1988, and testimony began Sept. 5. The trial recessed for about 2 months at the end of the prosecution’s case.