CIA shooting trial goes to jury
November 10, 1997
Web posted at: 3:06 p.m. EST (2006 GMT)
FAIRFAX, Virginia (CNN) -- The trial of a Pakistani man
accused of gunning down two CIA employees and wounding three
other people has gone to the jury.
The defense for accused gunman Mir Aimal Kasi elected not to
present evidence in this phase of the trial. Kasi, 33, was
charged with capital murder for the death of Frank Darling,
28, and could be sentenced to death if convicted. He is
charged with first-degree murder in the other death.
Prosecutors say he confessed to the January 25, 1993,
shootings after he was captured by FBI agents in Pakistan in
June, ending four years on the run, and again in remarks made
to a Virginia jailer. In closing arguments, his defense
tried to cast doubt on prosecution witnesses, including that
of an eyewitness who described the gunman as someone 3 inches
shorter than Kasi.
The jury must return a verdict of guilty or not guilty in the
10 charges against Kasi. The defense could also present a
case during the sentencing phase of the trial if Kasi is