The murder case against Ricky Powell, accused of killing Columbus Realtor Herta Bailey in 2008, went to the jury today at 2:28 p.m.
After the prosecution concluded its case early in the afternoon, Chief Public Defender Robert Wadkins Sr. declined to present a case, so he and assistant district attorney Crawford Seals presented closing arguments.
Wadkins’ son, Robert Wadkins Jr., presented the defense’s closing statement. He pointed out that there was a lack of physical evidence tying his client to the crime. There was no DNA evidence and no fingerprints, he said.
“The state is asking for the defendant to pay for a serious crime with so much missing,” he said. “If you are late paying your rent, you’re not going to kill your landlord.”
Seals explained the lack of physical evidence in his statements.
“She didn’t fight. He didn’t bleed. She wasn’t raped,” he said. “He was smart enough to cover her body with acid.”
Seals closed his statement by calling Powell “a predator.”
“He’s the kind that hangs out at the back of the pack,” he said. “He saw an old woman who would not give him a break. He put his hands around her neck and it was over.”
Bailey's body, covered in acid, was found on Sept. 30, 2008, in Columbus' Beallwood area. Powell, who rented a Pine Needle Drive home Bailey owned, was the last appointment Bailey had scheduled the day before her body was found. Powell led police to the body, Detective Robert Jackson testified.
Powell, 42, did not take the stand during the trial.
Stay with ledger-enquirer.com for immediate word on a verdict.