Day 8: People vs Isabel Celis – Guilty of First Degree Murder!}

At 2:40pm after almost 24 hours of deliberation the jury, having reached a verdict, entered the courtroom. The court clerk read that Isabel Celis was found guilty of Murder in the first degree and not guilty to enhancements number 1 and 2. Isabel remained emotionless and was escorted from the courtroom without fanfare. After the reading of the verdict the media was in a frenzy to interview the attorneys and family. Due to the extreme emotion of the day the family declined comment. The jury foreman did tell the media that the jury believed Norma never had a weapon or threatened Isabel. They said that whether or not Isabel ever had the weapon of if only her son did could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Throughout the two weeks of trial both attorneys displayed their distinct styles. Karen, the DA, was reluctant to dramatize or show emotion. She was, however, very organized and her questioning was direct, clear, and moved quickly. Denton Wilson was the exact opposite. He was very dramatic, often theatrical in acting out scenarios. He seemed very disorganized, his questioning was often random and seemed to be going nowhere. Many times during the trial he would put some jury members to sleep with his endless questionings that seemed irrelevant. I think that both their styles had some positive and negative traits. Karen?s organization and clarity made it easy for the jury to follow and understand what she was doing, however her lack of emotion made her seem uninterested and may have hurt her credibility at times. Wilson?s drama was entertaining but sometimes hurt his defense, as his witnesses were unable to act out what they testified to happening. He also was often times unable to keep the jury interested. He was however, very strong in his opening and closing statements and I think this may have resulted in his partial victory with the enhancement charges.