Accused Neo-Nazi killer takes the stand
Soon after John Ditullio took the stand he was asked if he was the man behind the attack of Kristofer King and Patricia Wells.
Ditullio insisted he's an innocent man.
What followed was nearly five hours of testimony about his early family life, his recruitment by the American Nazis, and the night Wells and King were attacked.
Ditullio is accused of killing King and stabbing Wells in the head in March of 2006.
Prosecutors say he attacked the two because Wells had a black friend and King was gay. They claim he did not like either because of his Nazi beliefs.
Ditullio didn't shy from those beliefs and talked about why he joined the group.
"I was blown away, man. I get to this place and it's like a 19-year-old’s dream. Everybody's drinking there’s guns everywhere. I was blown away by the theatrics," said Ditullio.
He said the night of the attack he was drugged by the men who he lived with in the Nazi compound.
He says another man, Sean Plott, is the murderer and that he confronted him outside moments after he believes the attacks took place.
"He had the look on his face like when an animal sees a human for the first time," said Ditullio.
Prosecutors insist Ditullio was behind the murders, they say he hated Wells and claim he even confessed to killing King to a cell mate.
Ditullio denied both of those claims today.
This is the second time Ditullio has taken the stand. In 2009 he testified in his own defense and that trial ended in a hung jury.
Monday there was more jury drama. A juror was dismissed because he received a letter about and started researching the case over the weekend. There’s no word on where the letter came from or what was in it.
Ditullio appears relaxed on the stand and maintains his innocence. If convicted he could spend the rest of his life in prison or face the death penalty.