OGDEN — Arguments on both sides of an Ogden murder trial ended Friday, as the jury will reconvene Monday to decide the fate of the South Ogden man accused of committing the crime.
Jonathan Francisco Delgado, 33, is accused of shooting and killing Ogden resident Steven Snider on Dec. 30, 2016. Delgado is charged with one count of murder, a first-degree felony, and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.
The state had its last witness — lead investigator and Ogden Police Detective Travis Kearl — on the stand Friday morning to finish his testimony.
Before the defense rested their case, they asked if Delgado would take the stand to testify. One of Delgado’s attorneys, Michael Bouwhuis, said the defense’s suggestion to their client is that he does not testify. Delgado followed the advice from his attorneys and declined to testify.
The defense then called two witnesses to the stand.
Detective Michael Rounkles, an Ogden Police officer that was called to the scene of the shooting, answered questions about his interview with Agustin Gil shortly after the shooting.
Gil, a witness to the shooting, told Rounkles that he was drunk at the time of the shooting. Rounkles told the court that Gil smelled of alcohol and had glossy, bloodshot eyes.
Gil adamantly denied being the shooter, according to Rounkles, but told him that he and Snider were fighting just before the shot that killed Snider was fired.
During closing arguments, both parties spelled out their cases to the jury.
Deputy Weber County Attorney Branden Miles told the jury that the hours of testimony and dozens of pieces of evidence boil down to one question: who pulled the trigger?
Miles argued that despite some inconsistencies in testimony among the 30 or so witnesses in the case, the state has laid out an overwhelming amount of evidence against Delgado. He talked about how the details of that day were corroborated among the witnesses at the scene, and the only one whose testimony didn’t add up was Delgado.
He mentioned how forensic investigators had found that a handful of bullets found at Delgado’s home had been cycled through the murder weapon found in the tank of a toilet in a witness’ apartment. On the lid of a toilet tank, investigators found a partial fingerprint they found to be Delgado’s.
For the defense’s closing statement, Bouwhuis reminded the jury that the burden of proof lies upon the state, and that his client is innocent until proven otherwise. Logan Bushell, another lawyer of Delgado’s, had similar advice for the jury during his opening statement last Friday.
Bouwhuis argued that his client has no motive to commit this crime, but other witnesses in the case did. He said that other witnesses previously told the court that they saw Delgado smoke meth that day, but toxicology results proved otherwise.
He closed his argument by declaring their client was innocent of murder.
The jury in this case will reconvene Monday to deliberate and ultimately give a verdict.
Delgado was present for all six days of the trial, donning a suit. He is being held without bail at the Weber County Jail.
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