As I mentioned, a defendant on the stand in a murder trial is unusual, at least at their first trial … assuming they got a second chance on appeal. Although, the only time I have seen people acquitted for murder in our department by juries is when the defendant did take the stand. Three times I saw killers walk free, and they all took the stand, and each one was guilty in my opinion, but their juries bought the dog and pony show. Because it is rare and because Justin’s side of the story is of great import, I have included all of it, so that if and when you deliberate, you will have all the information you need. Pace yourself. The jury looks ready. Everyone has their notebook and pen ready for notes.