Richard Henry Patterson, 65, is currently on trial for the second-degree murder of his 60-year-old girlfriend Francisca Marquinez. Patterson, making headlines in this never-before-seen case, claims that Marquinez choked to death on his large penis, and requested to show the jury his penis as evidence.
The judge has now interviewed the medical examiner that saw Marquinez’s body after her death, in an attempt to figure out whether such a …showing… would be necessary.
Associate Broward County Medical Examiner Iouri Boiko said he doesn’t think it was possible that Patterson wouldn’t notice choking his girlfriend to death. “If she cannot breathe, she usually start to kicking, biting or to do something to prevent this blocking of the airway, try to open this airway,’ Boiko said from the stand. ‘It’s normal reaction of any person.”
The Daily Mail reports:
During the post-mortem exam of the woman’s body, Boiko was unable to rule on the exact cause and manner of death because the area around her face and neck was severely decomposed. Much of the rest of her body was black and green.
Defense attorney Ken Padowitz said his client did not notice anything amiss with his girlfriend during their sexual encounter, and only became aware that she was unresponsive when he had gone to the bathroom and returned 15 minutes later, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
But even then he did not seek medical assistance for Marquinez right away – a fact he has attributed to feeling embarrassed about the entire sordid episode.
Instead, he contacted an ex-girlfriend and his daughter on October 28, 2015. Marquinez was last seen alive two days earlier.
Boiko, the medical examiner, testified that by the time police arrived at her apartment and found her body, Marquinez had been dead at least 24 hours, but more likely 48 or more.
Ahead of Patterson’s trial, his penis has emerged as a bone of contention between the defense and the prosecution, with the former seeking to have it shown to the jury and the latter insisting that if presented in court, the sex organ must be erect.