Littlewolf to Judge in Murder Trial: 'This is My Show'
Posted at: 09/20/2013 5:20 PM
| Updated at: 09/20/2013 6:13 PM
The prosecution rests in the murder trial of Duluth's Joshua Lee Littlewolf.
Littlewolf is accused in the fatal stabbing of 28-year-old Joshua Olson in April of 2012. Olson was found dead in Duluth's Francis Skinner apartment building.
On Friday, the last day in the second week of the trial, the prosecution first called to the stand Theresa McGuire, a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. She testified that tests on two knives found several sets of DNA. But she wasn't able to say whether any of it belonged to Littlewolf.
Olson's sister, Keauna, was the last witness to testify for the prosecution. She struggled to hold back the tears as she told the jury about her brother. She said "he was good at being a father and a brother...he was always there for his family."
But Littlewolf took issue with Keauna testifying and said "I don't understand how [Keauna] Olson intervened in this whole scenario."
Littlewolf objected before the jury was shown old photos of Joshua Olson. He said he didn't think they should be used, but Floerke overruled.
Littlewolf is representing himself - something prosecutors describe as unusual. It prompted arguments and tense moments in the courtroom.
Frustrated over Judge Shaun Floerke's ruling about what questions he could ask his first witness, Littlewolf told Floerke "this is my show, not his show," referring to Rex Laaksonen, his advisory counsel.
Floerke responded: "This is my show."
Littlewolf then said "it's your show but i'm a player."
During that same exchange, Littlewolf criticized the media saying "media already has me crucified on a cross like Jesus."
Littlewolf told Floerke "we're following your rules so we [the prosecution] can get a conviction."
This comes after Floerke suspended the trial for part of Tuesday because of what a St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office employee described as an "outburst" by Littlewolf.
Littlewolf also began calling witnesses Friday, including a man he met in jail, a criminal investigator, and a man he went to a party with prior to the murder.
Arguments, disputes over evidence and questions about which questions Littlewolf was allowed to ask the his witnesses prompted Floerke to ask jurors to leave the courtroom six times before noon. Floerke offered them an apology for any frustration it might be causing.
The trial resumes Monday.