Florida man Richard Patterson is currently on trial for the 2015 death of his sexual partner Francisca Marquinez. Patterson's defense team has somewhat absurdly concluded that it was the size of their client's penis that had caused the death of Marquinez during oral sex. Now, according to The New York Post, medical experts have basically concluded that line of argument is essentially an impossibility.
Patterson's lawyers have been claiming that Marquinez was “accidentally sexually asphyxiated during oral sex." Patterson had called his attorneys before alerting police, more than 24 hours after Marquinez had died. Autopsies showed no signs of trauma on the body, but phone calls and text messages from Patterson implicate him in a crime, with one witness saying Patterson said he had "choked" Marquinez.
Broward County medical examiner Iouri Boiko, who performed the Marquinez's autoposy, was not buying Patterson's team's argument.
“I don’t think it’s possible ... If she cannot breathe, she usually start to kicking, biting or to do something to prevent this blocking of the airway, try to open this airway,” said Boiko during testimony. “It’s (a) normal reaction of any person.”
Patterson's lawyers are in the process of attempting to have their client show his penis to the court as evidence. There was argument as to whether Patterson would need to be erect. The prosecution does not object, however the judge has not yet ruled on the motion.
Patterson potentially faces up to life in prison if found guilty.
[Photo: Broward County Sheriff’s Office]
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