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    Trial approaches in horrific Old Louisville murder

    Stabbed and shot, his throat slashed with a knife and knees smashed with a sledgehammer so he could be folded into a storage tub, James Carrolls naked, bound body was covered in lime and buried several feet deep in the basement of an Old Louisville home.

    No one had reported the Lexington hairstylist, who was last seen in late 2009, missing.

    But as prosecutors prepare for the first of two murder trials this year against Jeffery Mundt and Joseph Banis in Carrolls slaying, police interviews and recently released court documents shed light on what they say happened to him and what a third man claims Mundt told him.

    Both Mundt and Banis are charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence and will be tried separately in the coming months. They will both be in court on Wednesday, however, where Banis attorneys will request that his comments to police be excluded, arguing he was not informed of his rights by detectives and was interrogated despite asking to speak with an attorney.

    Mundt and Banis, both 39, blame the other for Carrolls death, leaving jurors to decide who is responsible or whether both are guilty.

    I had never done anything wrong before in my life, Mundt told police after the two men were arrested June 18, 2010.

    An Atherton High School graduate who swam at Lakeside Swim Club as a youth, Mundt received a computer-science degree from Indiana University, then studied for his masters at Northwestern University before returning to Louisville in May 2009 to work at the University of Louisvilles information technology department. A co-worker there described him to police as friendly, jolly and outgoing.

    Mundt told police he rarely went out and usually was in bed early.

    Banis, meanwhile, was a former downtown Louisville club owner with a checkered past, including a stint in prison on drug charges and an admission to meth addiction.

    They met online in November 2009, and court records show the former couple, who lived together in Mundts Fourth Street home, had a combustible relationship.

    Besides Carrolls murder, they face charges in Chicago after being arrested April 11, 2010, at a downtown hotel with $50,000 in counterfeit bills, a suspected date rape drug, several guns and fake identifications.

    And Carrolls body may never have been found if it werent for a domestic-violence dispute that led police to their home at 1435 S. Fourth St. on June 17, 2010.

    Police arrived there to find Mundt locked in a bathroom, claiming Banis was trying to pry the door open with a hammer and threatening to kill him.

    As Banis was being arrested, he said police told him Mundt was telling them Banis had killed someone.

    It just shocked me because Im not the one who killed anybody, Banis later told police, talking quietly and calmly throughout the interview.

    So Banis came forward, he said, in an effort to clear his conscience and prevent Mundt from using him as a scapegoat.

    Police at first didnt believe the story, testifying they believed he was either crazy or stalling to go to jail. But after they heard more of his story, they went back to the house and began digging.

    It took several hours to find the container where Carrolls decomposing body was discovered.

    Carrolls relatives have said they thought he was likely in prison because he was scheduled to be sentenced on drug charges late in 2009, according to court records.

    But the 38-year-old never showed up for court. Instead, records show, he went to Mundt and Banis place in late November or December.

    Both Mundt and Banis claim the other initially called Carroll, who was a friend of Banis, to bring drugs over that rainy night. And both tell conflicting stories of what happened next, according to their police interviews.

    They were watching pornography, taking drugs and having sex, Mundt told police, when Banis gave him a strange look, pulled out a knife and slit Carrolls throat while the three men were in bed. He said Banis then shot Carroll after a struggle, leaving behind pools of blood and broken glass.

    Mundt claims he helped clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body, sliding it down a board into the hole, because Banis threatened to kill him as well and even forced him to dig a second hole that was left exposed.

    That was the hole that was reserved for me if I did anything wrong. He would kill me and bury me in that hole, Mundt told police, adding that he believes he went into shock after the murder and doesnt remember some details.

    But Banis told police Mundt was the aggressor.

    After Carroll left to get more drugs, Banis claims Mundt said to him, I wonder if anybody would miss Jamie?

    Hes got all these drugs and all this money and it sure would be nice not to have to spend money on meth, Banis recalled Mundt saying, according to his interview with police.

    Banis said that after Carroll returned and just as he was planning to leave Mundt stabbed Carroll and then shot him as he yelled for help.

    I freaked out. I thought he (Mundt) was going to kill me, too, Banis said, alleging that he then followed Mundts orders to clean up the blood and dispose of the body.

    Banis alleges that Mundt then used Banis criminal history against him, arguing that police would never believe him if he went to police.

    He always said to me, Youve got the criminal record, Banis told police. I look like the great, golden child on paper. It doesnt matter if you tell anybody anyway.

    Both men expressed shock when police told them they were being charged with murder.
    'No love lost'

    Animosity between the two men has prompted their attorneys to request they be seated as far apart as possible during court hearings.

    During one recent hearing, Darren Wolff, an attorney for Banis, told Judge Mitch Perry that Mundt, who has been released on home incarceration because his trial is second, wore one of Banis ties to court as a way to intimidate and boast that he was out.

    But Ted Shouse, an attorney for Mundt, said the tie belonged to his client.

    There is no doubt that there is no love lost between these two, and the animosity between them runs high, Wolff said.

    Mundt told police that Banis had claimed to have robbed a bank and was planning additional robberies to get enough money to start selling drugs.

    Banis, meanwhile, told police Mundt was a meth addict who had claimed he was a National Security Agency agent, spoke several languages and had killed dozens of people while working for the government in Eastern Europe, including a partner who had jeopardized a mission.

    I absolutely believed him, Banis told police in his interview.

    Shouse called Banis allegations fantasy and an attempt to fabricate ridiculous information to deflect attention from his own guilt.

    Banis attorneys have claimed in court that there are websites with pictures and information that would bolster their claim that Mundt was the aggressor and not the clean-cut individual he pretended to be. They alleged, for example, that he used the Internet handle Rubber Boy and was pictured online in a rubber suit.

    This guy clearly is not what (his attorneys) tried to portray him as at the beginning, a squeaky-clean image, having done nothing wrong, Wolff said.
    Confession alleged

    Mundts defense faces another hurdle because James Jenkins, an inmate who spent time in jail with him, claims Mundt confessed his role to him, according to recently released court documents in Jenkins case.

    Jenkins, who pleaded guilty in December to burglary and drug possession and agreed to a 10-year sentence on the condition that he testify against Mundt, said Mundt told him he and Banis had planned only to rob Carroll, but Banis became overly aggressive.

    Jenkins said in a Dec. 9 statement that Mundt blamed Banis for being unable to keep his mouth shut and messing up my whole plan, according to court records.

    And Jenkins said Mundt indicated both men were involved in the murder but that it was his idea to bury Carroll in the basement.

    Banis would have dragged him in an alley and left him for the rats, Jenkins claims Mundt told him.

    Wolff said Jenkins claims put a new spin on the case and that prosecutors rushed to judgment in deciding to take Banis to trial first.

    Shouse said Jenkins is a professional snitch who has come forward in two other cases claiming defendants have confessed to him. Jenkins credibility is zero, he said.

    Regardless, prosecutors have indicated that they believe the case against Banis is the stronger, in part by taking him to trial first, in May, with Mundt set to face a jury in September.

    On Jan. 19, Mundt worked out a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to testify against Banis in exchange for the commonwealths attorneys office dropping the death penalty as a possible sentence if he were convicted.

    With the agreement, the most severe penalty Mundt could get is life with the possibility of parole in 20 years. Banis can still get death.

    Prosecutors have said it doesnt matter who exactly killed Carroll because both men were there when he was killed, and they both took part in hiding the body.

    In Mundts interview with police, he spoke nervously, almost pleading with police at times, and said he believed in the death penalty and that the person responsible for murdering Carroll should be killed.

    He said it wasnt him and he was being victimized by Banis.

    Detective Jon Lesher took exception to Mundt describing himself that way. There is a victim here, and you can tell by my shoes that I spent all night digging him out.

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    Statement to Louisville police will be allowed in Old Louisville murder trial

    A Jefferson Circuit judge has denied a motion by attorneys for Joseph Banis to exclude his statements to police from his May capital murder trial on charges he killed a man whose body was buried in an Old Louisville basement.

    Defense attorneys Justin Brown and Darren Wolff had argued that Banis initially was not informed of his rights by Louisville Metro Police detectives and was later interrogated despite repeatedly asking to speak with an attorney.

    In a ruling released Wednesday, Judge Mitch Perry found that Banis was not inappropriately interrogated, noting that Banis asked to be interviewed and calmly explained the events with minimal interruption by Detective Jon Lesher.

    As for a second part of the lengthy police interview, after Lesher left the room, when Banis attorneys alleged a different detective ignored his requests for an attorney, Perry ruled that Banis waived his right to an attorney when he re-initiated conversation after the request.

    Wolff said Wednesday he was disappointed but respected the judges decision.

    Banis and his co-defendant, Jeffery Mundt, both 39, are charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence in the 2009 murder of James Carroll.

    Banis and Mundt, who had a romantic relationship, have implicated each other.

    Police arrested Banis after a domestic dispute in June 2010. After asking to talk with homicide detectives, he accused Mundt of killing Carroll, 37, about six months earlier and burying him in the basement of their Old Louisville home.

    Mundt, who is on home incarceration, has worked out a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to testify against Banis in exchange for the commonwealth's attorney's office dropping the death penalty.

    With the agreement, the most severe penalty Mundt could get is life with the possibility of parole in 20 years. Banis can still get death.

    On Wednesday, Mundts attorneys, Ted Shouse and Steve Romines, asked Perry to allow Mundt to be released to go to the dentist, the grocery store and church on Sundays. Perry agreed to the dentist visit but denied the other request.

    And Shouse and Romines asked for a history of any interaction prosecutors have had with James Jenkins, an inmate who spent time in jail with Mundt and claims he confessed his role in the murder to him.

    Shouse has called Jenkins a professional snitch who has cut deals with prosecutors in other cases by giving them information.

    Jenkins pleaded guilty in December to burglary and drug possession and agreed to a 10-year sentence on the condition that he testify against Mundt. He said Mundt told him he and Banis had planned only to rob Carroll, but Banis became "overly aggressive."

    Jenkins said in a Dec. 9 statement that Mundt blamed Banis for being unable to keep his mouth shut and messing up "my whole plan," according to court records.

    And Jenkins said Mundt indicated both men were involved in the murder but that it was his idea to bury Carroll in the basement.

    Assistant Commonwealths Attorney Ryane Conroy agreed to turn over evidence of past deals made with Jenkins.

    Perry set the next court hearing for Feb. 17.

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    Louisville detective challenged in body-in-basement killing

    A defense attorney for Joseph Banis repeatedly questioned a detective about why he believed Baniss co-defendant told the truth as to which man killed James Carroll before they buried his body in the basement of their Old Louisville home.

    Under cross-examination by attorney Darren Wolff, Louisville Metro Police Detective Jon Lesher acknowledged that Jeffrey Mundt initially lied to police but changed his story during a polygraph examination in June 2010 and began to tell the truth.

    But then Lesher said, Whos telling the truth about who did it, I dont know. He noted that while both men are pointing the finger at the other, they are both charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

    Banis claims Mundt stabbed and shot Carroll and the couple then broke Carroll's knees with a sledgehammer so his naked body could be stuffed into a 50-gallon rubber container and buried in the home's wine cellar. Mundt, who is due to testify against Banis, has worked out a deal with prosecutors that allows him to avoid the death penalty at his trial later this year.

    While conceding Banis was responsible for helping bury Carroll, Banis defense argued he had nothing to do with the murder. Carroll, the defense claims, was Banis' second lover and Mundt became jealous when he was left out of their sexual activities that night in mid-December 2009.

    And it was Banis, the defense argues, who first told police about the body in the basement when arrested after a domestic violence call in June 2010, while Mundt would initially lie about knowing Carroll's whereabouts before blaming the murder on Banis.

    Wolff, in an often heated cross-examination, repeatedly tried to chip away at Mundts credibility, saying at one point that he was not the most truthful person in the world.

    Lesher shot back, and neither was your client, prompting Wolff to ask the detective what Banis had lied about. Prosecutors asked for a bench conference and Wolff moved on.

    Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Josh Schneider told jurors Tuesday in his opening statement that all three men were doing drugs and having sex and that Banis and Mundt, both 41, had planned to rob Carroll of drugs and money.

    For prosecutors, it doesn't necessarily matter which man killed Carroll, 37. Both are charged with complicity to murder, robbery and tampering, among other charges, and they each claim the other is responsible for the homicide.

    Carrolls body remained in the basement for six months until police were called to the domestic incident at the home.

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    The House in Old Louisville

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    On June 17, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. police were called to break up a domestic dispute at 1435 South Fourth Street in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, just south of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Patrol officers responded within minutes and they found the caller, Jeffery Mundt, unharmed, in a locked bedroom. They arrested his boyfriend, Joseph Banis, and took him to the station. On the way, however, Banis made a startling claim. A man, he said, had been murdered the year before, around Thanksgiving, and was buried in the basement.......
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    Body-in-basement co-defendent Jeffrey Mundt could testify today

    The former lover of Joseph Banis, Jeffrey Mundt, could testify Friday morning on the fourth day of Baniss capital murder trial.

    Prosecutors have said Banis and Mundt were having sex and doing drugs with James Carroll in mid-December 2009 when they decided to rob and kill him, burying his body in the basement of the Old Louisville home they shared.

    Banis claims Mundt stabbed and shot Carroll and the couple then broke Carroll's knees with a sledgehammer so his 5-foot-7, 128-pound naked body could be stuffed into a 50-gallon plastic container and buried in the home's wine cellar.

    Mundt points the finger at Banis. He has worked out a deal with prosecutors that allows him to avoid the death penalty at his trial later this year.

    Defense attorneys for Banis have said he will testify on his own behalf when the defense puts on its evidence. The prosecution could rest its case today.

    On Thursday, Jurors saw graphic photos of the body of Carroll, who a medical examiner testified had been stabbed multiple times, shot, hogtied with twine, covered in lime and folded into a plastic container, his knees fractured.

    Dr. Donna Stewart told jurors Carroll died from stab wounds to the neck within minutes of the attack. She testified he had a large quantity of meth in his system.

    Carroll was buried with two rings, an earring and a crucifix, Stewart testified.

    The defense concedes that Banis was responsible for helping bury Carroll, but has argued that he had nothing to do with the murder. Carroll, the defense claims, was Banis' second lover and Mundt became jealous when he was left out of their sexual activities that night in December 2009.

    During the trial Wednesday, defense attorneys showed jurors a picture of Banis and Carroll together smiling.

    And it was Banis, the defense argues, who first told police about the body in the basement when arrested after a domestic violence call in June 2010, giving very specific information, including drawing a map of where the body could be found.

    For prosecutors, it doesn't necessarily matter which man killed Carroll, 37. Both are charged with complicity to murder, robbery and tampering, among other charges, and they each claim the other is responsible for the homicide.

    Carroll's body remained in the basement for six months until police were called to the domestic incident.

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    Joseph Banis told police boyfriend killed man, made him help bury the body

    Joseph Banis told police that his boyfriend, Jeffrey Mundt, was in bed with James Carroll watching pornography when, before I knew it, he stabbed Carroll and then shot him as the dying man struggled and yelled for help, according to a video of Baniss interview with police.

    On the fourth day of Banis murder trial, jurors watched a 30 minute video of him describing how the three men were doing meth in mid-December 2009 when Mundt decided to rob Carroll, but then killed him and forced Banis to help clean up.

    If Banis did not keep my mouth shut and help dispose of the body, Mundt said he would kill him and his family, Banis told detectives in June 2010. He added that Mundt ordered him to help bury Carrolls body in the basement of the Old Louisville home or I would be going in the hole with him.

    I thought he was going to shoot me and drop me in that hole, Banis told detectives, hours after he had been arrested on a domestic violence charge at the home the pair shared. I didnt want to be part of this thing.

    Both men are charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence. In a deal with the prosecution, Mundt will testify against Banis next week and, in exchange, will not face the death penalty at his trial later this year.

    Defense attorneys for Banis have said he will testify on his own behalf when the defense puts on its evidence next week.

    Throughout much of the first week of trial, the defense had tried to chip away at Mundts credibility, getting police to acknowledge that he repeatedly lied to them when initially asked about the murder. Mundt later said Banis was responsible for killing Carroll.

    They showed a video of Mundt crying in seeming disbelief as investigators informed him that there was a body in his basement.

    And the defense also has criticized the investigation, getting Louisville Metro Police Detective Collin King to acknowledge Friday that he did not take a key-chain knife away from Mundt when police brought him in.

    Under cross-examination from defense attorney Darren Wolff, King said that in retrospect, police should have taken the knife and put it in evidence.

    Wolff was incredulous and pointed out that a medical examiner has testified that Carroll had been stabbed multiple times and died from those injuries, and that the knife had never been found.

    But King also said that the knife Mundt had was a small folding knife - maybe two or three inches - and police didnt feel at the time it was really relevant.

    The blood of both Banis and Mundt were found in the bedroom where Carroll was allegedly killed, a forensics scientist testified on Friday.

    In his statement to police, Banis said he helped clean up Carrolls blood at Mundts insistence, but had no part in the murder.

    Im not the one who killed anybody, he said in the video statement.

    Banis said he and Mundt went to buy a 50-gallon plastic container the day after Carroll was killed. Since his body was stiff by that point, he said Mundt broke Carrolls knees with a sledgehammer so his 5-foot-7, 128-pound naked body could be stuffed into the container and buried about five feet deep in the home's wine cellar.

    When Banis was arrested on domestic violence charges in June 2010, he said a police officer who talked with Mundt told him Mundt had accused him of a murder. Banis said he didnt want to be Mundts scapegoat and told police the truth to clear his conscious and get protection from Mundt.

    All I know is, he scared the hell out of me, Banis said. Mundt is expected to testify Monday.

    The defense has acknowledged that Banis was responsible for helping bury Carroll, but has argued that he had nothing to do with the murder. Carroll, the defense claims, was Banis' second lover and Mundt became jealous when he was left out of their sexual activities.

    In his statement to police, however, Banis said he didnt know Carroll very well.

    For prosecutors, it doesn't necessarily matter which man killed Carroll, 37, as both are charged with murder.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...help-bury-body
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    Jeffrey Mundt describes grisly scene of sex and murder

    Jeffrey Mundt thought he was witnessing a fantasy sex scene until he saw the blood.

    The co-defendant in the murder of James Carroll testified Monday that his housemate Joseph Banis sliced at Carrolls throat while they were in bed. Carroll had cried out No, no, no, Mundt testified. Banis and Carroll started struggling but eventually Jamie stops yelling" and Banis grabbed a gun and shot him twice, Mundt said.

    Carroll was dead or dying when Banis shot him, Mundt testified, adding "I don't even know why he was shot. ... you could actually smell the blood.

    Mundts testimony came as the prosecution prepared to finish its case against Banis in the 2009 murder of Carroll. Both men have admitted to burying Carrolls body in the basement of the Old Louisville home they shared.

    Mundt has claimed he helped clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body, sliding it down a board into the hole, because

    Police discovered the body after investigating a domestic violence incident at the home about six months after the murder.

    Both men are charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence. In a deal with the prosecution, Mundt is testifying in exchange for not facing the death penalty at his trial later this year.

    Defense attorneys for Banis have said he will testify on his own behalf when the defense puts on its evidence next week.

    For prosecutors, it doesn't necessarily matter which man killed Carroll, 37, as both are charged with murder.

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    Co-defendant testifies in Banis murder trial

    The Commonwealth's key witness, the co-defendant in the murder of James Caroll, took the stand in the murder trial of Joseph Banis.

    Jeffrey Mundt has been promised that he wont' face the death penalty if the jury convicts Banis of murder. Mundt is scheduled to be tried on a murder charge later this year.

    The testimony Mundt offered on the stand Monday was graphic and disturbing. He said that he and his lover Banis had engaged in group sex with Carroll on a previous occassion before contacting him online on an evening in December 2009.

    Mundt says Carrroll drove from Lexington to his Old Louisville mansion, where the three used meth together and began to engage in sex acts.

    "The three of us stripped naked and started watching porn," Mundt said.

    Mundt testified that while he and Carroll were together, Banis, who he described as a jealous lover, took a knife and began to stab Carroll.

    "Jamie was screaming Joey's name over and over again," Mundt said. "Joey had a knfe in his hand and was slashing at Jamie's throat. They were struggling. They were thrashing back and forth. There was broken glass. There was blood that was literally everywhere. You could literally smell the blood."

    Mundt testified that Banis then shot Carroll twice and demanded that Mundt help him dispose of the body.

    "Joey pointed the gun at me and told me I had a choice, which was to help him or be killed right then and there," Mundt said.

    Mundt testified that Banis seized all the cell phones in the house, pulled the land line phones from the walls and disabled the computer router to prevent Mundt from calling police.

    Banis allegedly then gave Mundt a date-rape drug to calm him down.

    "I helped him clean up the room. I helped him dig a hold in the basement, and I helped him bury Mr. Carroll," Mundt said.

    Police discovered Carroll's body in June of 2010, after they responded to a domestic dispute at his home and arrested for Banis for assault.

    While being transported to the police station, Banis told officers that Mundt had killed a man and buried his body in the basement.

    Mundt testifed Monday afternoon that Banis stole Carroll's Rolex watch and drove his pickup truck after Carroll's murder.

    He said that he and Banis had a $500 a week meth habit, which he said Banis paid for by robbing a bank and printing counterfeit money.

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    Defense calls witnesses in Joseph Banis murder trial

    Defense attorneys for Joseph Banis started calling their own witnesses in his murder trial Wednesday.

    Banis is facing the death penalty if convicted of killing boyfriend Jamie Carroll in December 2009 then burying his body in the basement of his other boyfriend's Old Louisville home.

    Wednesday morning defense attorney Justin Brown questioned two people who knew the owner of that home Old Louisville home, Jeffrey Mundt. Mundt is also charged in the crime, but will have a separate trial.

    Banis' attorneys argue it was Mundt who killed Carroll out of jealousy when he saw Carroll and Banis together. They said it was Mundt who threatened Banis into helping dispose of the body. Prosecutors argues it was both men who killed Carroll during a plan to rob him of his drugs and money.

    Kenny Robertson was the first on the stand Wednesday. He told jurors Mundt hired him in 2008 to remodel his home. He testified the last job he did for Mundt was in May 2010, one month before Carroll's body was found in buried in the basement. He said he was paid $800 to clean out the basement and was prepared to concrete the floor after he returned from a vacation. Robertson testified while on that vacation, Carroll's body was found and Mundt and Banis were arrested so he never did the work.

    Marion Libby Davis, who goes by Libby, also testified Wednesday morning. She worked with Mundt at the University of Louisville where he worked as a contractor in their IT department. Davis testified she worked with Mundt daily and he was always "jolly". She said he never seemed depressed or scared. Tuesday Mundt testified he never told police about the body in his basement because Banis threatened his life.

    Davis told jurors she also called Louisville Metro Police in June 2010 after learning of Mundt's arrest. She told them at one point she saw fresh scratches on Mundt's neck. He told her he got them while with a woman and her family at a lake in Indiana, but she didn't believe his story because the weather was too cold to be at a lake the time of year she saw the scratches. she said she didn't understand why he would be with a woman, knowing his relationship with Banis.

    Davis testified the minute she saw the story of his arrest on the news, she "knew where the scratches came from."

    Defense attorneys told jurors in opening statements Banis would take the stand in his own defense
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    Defense for Joseph Banis rests without his testimony, jury to get case Thursday

    Despite promising jurors that Joseph Banis would testify in his capital murder trial, the defense surprised most in the court when they rested their case Wednesday without calling him.

    The move came after the defense had put on three witnesses, continuing to try to shift blame for the murder of James Carroll to co-defendant Jeffrey Mundt. Jurors will hear closing arguments on Thursday morning and if Banis is found guilty, they could recommend a death sentence.

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