Guilty verdict in Madison homicide

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Jurors found the suspect in a Madison homicide trial guilty.

The verdict in the case against Darrick Anderson came late Friday night. He was convicted on all counts against him, including first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Prosecutors say Anderson stabbed Andrew Nesbitt more than 40 times at Nesbitt's apartment in downtown Madison in March.

Starting Monday, there will be a second phase of the trial to determine what role Anderson's mental health played in the crime. 


UPDATE (MADISON) -- A jury is deliberating the fate of Darrick Anderson in his trial for the March homicide of a Madison man downtown.

A prosecutor says Anderson stabbed 46-year old Andrew Nesbitt more than forty times after the men had a chance meeting post-bar time at a convenience store just south of the state capitol.

Deputy Dane County District Attorney Matthew Moeser says surveillance video puts the two men together, and DNA from blood at the crime scene at Nesbitt's downtown apartment matches Anderson's DNA.  Anderson suffered wounds to his hand, and Moeser says evidence indicates they happened as Anderson wielded a knife and repeatedly stabbed the victim.Anderson's attorney, Tim Kiefer suggests Anderson's wounds may be defensive wounds.

Anderson declined to testify in his trial, and also refused to attend a portion of the trial Thursday.  In an unsuccessful bid for a mistrial, Kiefer said Anderson's absence was a huge blow to the defense, despite the judge's instruction to jurors to disregard the absence.If Anderson is convicted, there will be a second trial phase to determine if a mental defect was responsible for Anderson's actions.


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