Chapter 9~ The Trial
I was still in shock over hearing about the rest of the story
about that one night. My dad told my mom the rest of the story
and he's been acting strange lately. Scott had been acting over
protected lately. I've been with him almost all the time now,
which is great
doing get me wrong. I'm in my living room waiting for Scott to
come. It has been safe so far to go out those, since we haven't
seen any of Simon lately. I guess Scott is just overprotective. I
just found out they are going forward with the charges for
assaulting me. Scott walked in the room and smiled at me.
"Ready to go Scott?" I asked
"What exactly are we buying?" he asked
"Baby stuff, the baby is due in 5 months. We got to
"We already got a high chair, and crib," he said
"Yes, but we need, comforters, car seat, clothing, jolly jumper,
bottles, and change table,"
"We don't even know the gender of the baby yet?"
"That is why we are getting stuff that suits both male and
female. I got an appointment for tomorrow to detect the gender of
the baby," I explained. Soon we were in the car on the way to the
store, where we went shopping. We came back three hours later,
with only two yellow comforters and jolly jumper. I sat them
carefully in my closet. Scott and I lay on my bed bored. At about
3:30pm I got up and got ready to go to work. I recently cut
back my hours at work, and only work 10 - 15 hours a week since
it puts a stress on me.
Scott drove with me in my car to my work, where he then took the
bus home. I did my shift and at 10:00 p.m., Scott was waiting
outside for me to come out. I drove him home and then I went to
my house, which Scott didn't want me to go alone. I went to sleep
waiting for a new day to come.
The next day, I went to the doctor to get an ultrasound to
determine the gender of my baby. Scott and I were anxiously
waiting in the room while the woman to ready to give the ultra
sound. She applied a gel to my stomach and then checked. She
moved it around for a few minutes.
"What is it doc?" I asked
"We got a gender?" she said
"Tell us?" I said excited.
"Congratulation on being pregnant with a baby girl," she said.
"Your baby is also doing very well,"
We left the hospital happy. I was going to go home and tell
everyone the gender of my baby. When I told my parents and
sisters the news, my mom commented to my dad that all his family
includes females. He replied that a family full of females is a
good thing. I smiled.
The next three days went by when the day of the trial came. Scott
and I went to the courthouse where we saw Libby. She was my
witness. Even if she wasn't, all the evidence leads to Salice
anyway. Salice meanwhile was already there with her lawyer. I
went to sit by the DA. Scott sat in the audience. My mom and dad
showed up and sat in the audience. A few minutes latter's judge
"All rise," the judge said. The jury, which both sides chose
rised, and both the plaintiff and dependence sides rose. We then
sat down when we were told too.
"We're here on the charge of attempted murder and of the
plaintiff Miss Tuscany Patuski. Will the defending side please
rise and make their opening statement please," the judge said as
Salice lawyer stood up and stepped forward.
"During this time, I'm going to convince you people that Miss
Maroo here assaulted Miss Patuski because she was scared for her
life and it was just a tragic accident on both sides," he said
and sat down.
"Will the plaintiff please rise and make your opening statement,"
he said as the DA rinsed to make his statement,"
"Hello to you all, I'm here to convince all you intelligent
people that the very tragic assault on Miss Patuski was no
accident. I'll prove to you all that Miss Maroo is guilty of
assault," he said and sat down.
"Will the plaintiff call their first witness,"
"I'll call Libby Mockerwood to the stand," Libby got up and went
to stand. The plaintiff got up and went to the stand.
"Can you state your name and address,"
"Elizabeth Mockerwood, at 111 Main street.
"So tell me Miss Mockerwood, how long have you known Miss
Patuski?" he asked,
"I knew her since we started kindergarten 13 years ago," Libby
"Are you aware of any one previous to Miss Maroo that had a major
issue with Miss Patuski?"
"No I'm not aware of any," she said
"Why don't we get to the point, did you see Miss Maroo assault
Miss Patuski," he asked
"Objection," Salice lawyer said.
"Overruled," The judge, said. "Please answer the question Miss
"Yes I saw her knock the bottle of her head,"
"I have no further questions for this witness," the DA. Say.
Salice's lawyer got up.
"So Miss Mockerwood, do you know what was said before the
attack?" he asked
"No, but," she was interrupted.
"If Miss Mockerwood didn't hear what was said how she know what
caused the attack," he said," I have no farther
"Will the plaintiff call up your next witness?"
"I will call up Miss Patuski," he said and I got up and went to
"So Miss Patuski! Why don't you tell everyone what you and Miss
Maroo were talking about before the attack?"
"Salice approached me demanding that I break up with my
boyfriend, since she wants him all to herself, and told her that
I wasn't going to break up with my boyfriend. She said that she
would get him and then that's when I told her I was pregnant and
that alone would keep him with me. I turned to leave and she ran
after me. Libby screamed for me to watch out and then that's when
Salice attacked me,"
"No further questions," he said. The others approached the
"How was your relationship with Salice Maroo when you first met
"Is it true that you built a hatred for her over a period of
"Yes in away,"
"One more thing. Is it possible that you could have hated her so
much that you could have threatened her life?"
"Yes or no," the lawyer said.
"Yes it's possible," I said.
"No further questions,"
"Do you have any more witnesses?" the judge asked.
"I'm going to call up Mr. Rice," the DA said, Scott got up and
went to the stand and sat their.
"So, Mr. Rice, how long has you known Miss Patuski?"
"About three years,"
"How long have you known Miss Maroo?"
"She came to my school at the beginning of my grade twelve year,
so that makes it one year,"
"Do you have any feelings for her?" he asked
"Objection, irrelevant," the lawyer screamed
"Overruled, please answer the question," the judge ordered
"I only feel pity for her," he said
"Why do you feel pity for her?"
"Objection" The lawyer said
"Overruled," he said, telling Scott to answer the
"She got it wrapped up in her head, that she is in love, with me
and I love her back,"
"Did you at any given time have any feelings for her?"
"That shows you folks, that Salice is unstable, and wants a
relationship she can't have. Therefore, she did the unthinkable
and assaulted an innocent woman who just wanted a
with her boyfriend. I have no further questions for this
witness," The DA said sitting down only to be approached by the
"So Mr. Rice, where were you when this whole conflict was taken
"I was at the hospital," he said
"I have no further questions.'
Finally, the last witness to the stand was Salice herself. The
DA. Approached her.
"So Miss Maroo, were you aware of Tuscany Patuski being pregnant
before the attack?"
"She . . .,"
"Yes or No?"
"Yes, she told me," she said
"Is it true that you assaulted Miss Patuski?"
"Yes, but it was an accident, she was threatening my life with a
"So, was her baby threatening you too?"
"We have the victim and a witness telling us that their was no
evidence of anyone threatening you. So what can you tell everyone
that could make us believe that Miss Patuski even had a knife in
her procession to threatened you with,"
"It fell in the river, it was an accident,"
"I have no further questions," The nervous lawyer stood up and
faced the folks.
"Hello, Salice. Can you tell everyone what you happened,"
"We were talking about Scott, and I told her that I loved him. I
never said anything about him loving me back or me going after
him. She told me she was pregnant and I told her that I felt
sorry for her baby, since she can't keep her emotions under
control. She lost it pulling out knife saying that their was
nothing that could prevent her from being him. I had an empty
bottle on me luckily, so I struck her before she could do
anything to me. It was instinct. It was an accident, and am so
very sorry it happened,"
"Thank you, I have no further questions.
After she was done and after some evidence was shown. The jury
went into a different room to make their verdict. Everyone was
waiting anxiously. I even saw Salice looking very
scared and worried. The DA told me that the case was very strong
and the chances of Salice getting off with self-defense is very
slim. The jury soon came back in, and settled in.
"What is you verdict?" the judge asked.
"On the charges of Attempted Murder we find the defendant
Guilty," the jury said. I smiled, and I could see the look on
Salice's face it was priceless.
"Take Miss Maroo into custody. Her sentencing will be at a
further date," he said. Salice was in shock when two officers
approached her and put her in handcuffs. The look on her face was
priceless. We left the courtroom.
Two weeks later after appeals were made and many negotiations
were made the sentencing for Salice was to occur. I was sitting
in the court room for the hearing. The judge made
"On the charges, I sentence you to two years in prison," he said
and for once in my whole life of knowing Salice, I never seen her
cry until now. Tears were running down her face. I left to go
home and couldn't get the images of Salice out of my mind.