BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — "Uphill. It's more like up a mountain that's covered with ice, as opposed to uphill," says defense attorney Daryl Gold.
Defense attorney Daryl Gold describing the difficulty he's having defending accused murderer Trucko Stampley. His case got even harder when his first witness, Joseph Davis, invoked his Fifth Amendement rights and refused to testify.
"I subpoened him. I wanted him up there. I wanted the jury to see him. I wanted to ask him some questions that I thought he would have answered. Those answers would have been beneficial to our case," says Gold.
Back in 2009, Davis pled guilty to "accessory after the fact". He said he helped Stampley avoid arrest after Stampley allegedly murdered four people back in 2007. Today, Stampley officially told Judge Bonnie Jackson he's not going to testify.
"Obviously that's his decision. It's a decision he made after he has consulted with his lawyers. He's got a very good team of lawyers," says District Attorney Hillar Moore.
"I don't think it would have been in his best interests to testify...He knows that I think he's nuts. I think he's crazy. What he told me was that I don't mind testifying. I just don't want to answer any questions," says Gold.
Psychiatrist Robert Blanch answered questions today and said Stampley was sane at the time of the murders.
"To his credit, he found that there was some defect at one point 30 days after the murder. However, not at the time of the murders," says Moore.