Defense lawyers know it is risky to put the accused on the stand and many often recommend against it. Eugene Echols, 44, of Indianapolis, is Exhibit A. He admitted that he performed oral sex on a 5-year-old child and even told police what he did was "not right." But he apparently thought he could get the jury's sympathy with an explanation of his actions:
“My intention was not to harm or hurt.”
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Multiple times during his statement, Echols said, “It's about discipline,” and referred to his 10-year service in the U.S. Navy and his upbringing as the son of a preacher. He also said his actions were intended to satisfy the “curiosity” of the child.
No sir, nothing scary going on in that brain. It took the jury all of 15 minutes to find him guilty, and I'm guessing they took a 14-minute break just to make it look good.