Despite testimony from a medical examiner who claimed that being choked to death by a man's large penis was likely an impossibility, Florida man Richard Patterson has been found not guilty over the death of his girlfriend Francisca Marquinez.
Patterson's lawyers had argued that their client's large penis had caused Marquinez to choke to death during oral sex. The lawyers were so confident in their line of argument they filed motions to have Patterson show his member to the jury as evidence. A medical examiner had claimed that death-by-large-penis was not a thing he had ever really seen, nor was it really thought of as a possibility.
According to The New York Post, the defense changed their argument following the medical examiner's testiomy: “That’s not the way she died,” defense lawyer Ken Padowitz said. “But that’s the way Richard Patterson thought she died.”
The defense then argued that medical examiners were never able to conclusively tell how Marquinez had died — her body had been too severely decomposed by the time the exam was performed.
“They still don’t know how she died,” said Padowitz.
After five hours of deliberation, a jury acquitted Patterson. He had potentially faced up to life in prison.
[Photo: Broward County Sheriff’s Office]