Richard Patterson, 65, accused of killing his girlfriend, maintained that she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex on him. The Florida man was arrested in November 2015 and charged with second-degree murder after 60-year-old Fracisca Marquinez was found dead from asphyxiation in her bedroom.
Prosecutors allege that Patterson strangled Marquinez to death, but lawyers for the defendant claim it was all an accident. The defense claims she choked to death on his unusually large penis. In his defense, Patterson requested that he be allowed to show his manly member to the jury as evidence.
Arrest records show that Patterson contacted his lawyer following Marquinez’s death, instead of 911. Police discovered the victim’s body after Patterson’s lawyer contacted them and told them to search her apartment. She had been dead for between eight and 24 hours by the time police found her.
According to reports, the medical examiner wasn’t able to determine the exact cause of death. The autopsy found no signs of trauma, and there was no bruising on Marquinez’s neck. The medical examiner reported that, because the body was in the early stages of decomposition, bruising may not have been visible.
“It is rare in a murder case that the medical examiner can’t say the manner of death is a homicide,” Patterson’s lawyer said.
According to Patterson’s lawyer, the prosecution’s case relied on statements Patterson made to his daughter and a friend following Marquinez’s death. In a text message to his daughter, Patterson wrote that he “did something bad.” Later he told his friend: “I choked her. I choked Francisca.”
His lawyer noted that Patterson said “he chocked her”, not that he strangeld her.
Opposing Views reports:
A Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend is maintaining she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex on him.
Richard Patterson, 65, was arrested in November 2015 and charged with second-degree murder after police found his girlfriend, 60-year-old Francisca Marquinez, dead in her bedroom from asphyxiation.