Geneseo, N.Y. (WHAM) - Was it manslaughter or self defense?
Jurors in Livingston County heard two very different accounts of the events leading up to the detah of Marcus Postell in November 2016.
Opening statements were given on Wednesday in the trial of Danielle Allen. She is accused of stabbing her then-boyfriend to death inside a home in York.
Prosecutors said Allen and Postell had an on-again, off-again relationship, maintaining that Postell wanted to get out of it for good. That, attorneys said, led to his death.
“It was time for him to leave the highly intoxicated volatile and enraged Danielle Allen,” said Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey. “He was leaving a relationship on life support.”
By the night of November 21, 2016, the two had been dating for six months. Throughout that weekend, they had argued several times. But by Monday night, the two settled in to watch the horror movie Ouiji.
Allen and Postell took a shot of Jack Daniels whiskey each time they were startled by something in the move. As a result, Allen's blood alcohol content level was at least 0.24 percent when they started arguing again.
Prosecutors say Allen flipped out when she saw Postell packing up his things and grabbed a kitchen knife. “Danielle Allen plunged a foot long kitchen knife into the chest of Marcus Postell. She killed him without provocation and with extreme violent force,” said McCaffrey.
But defense attorneys said it was Postell who was the aggressor and acting out in a jealous rage. Joe Daniels told jurors Allen had been pushed and punched before grabbing the knife.
That’s when he said Postell threw her down on the loveseat. “There is a rough and violent struggle. He puts his hands on her neck and squeezes and tries to choke her,” Daniels said.
Just before 10 PM a sobbing and hysterical Allen called 911. She told dispatchers “I’m covered in blood...help me.”
She said it was Postell’s blood - “he tried to kill himself.”
When officers arrived on scene minutes later, Allen told them a different story, saying she had been attacked and choked by Postell and feared for her life.
“The girl defended herself - she had no choice,” said Daniels.
Prosecutors say expert testimony on blood spatter will help jurors to decide that this was not self defense. Late Wednesday four deputies carried in large piece of evidence wrapped in brown paper. It is the blood-stained loveseat from the York apartment.
Testimony is expected to resume Thursday morning.