Macomb Twp. Stabbing-Turned-Murder Could See Verdict Friday
Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, in the murder trial of a Fraser man accused of stabbing a Macomb Township woman in the neck with steak knives in February 2011
The jury in the trial of 28-year-old Fraser man accused of brutally stabbing a Macomb Township woman in her home last year could reach a verdict as early as Friday.
Joseph T. Reiner is charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and home invasion stemming from his alleged Feb. 23, 2011 attack on 69-year-old Joann Eisenhardt.
Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases in Macomb County Circuit Court Thursday, according to court records, with the defense making a motion for a directed verdict. Judge Peter J. Maceroni denied this motion.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday. If convicted, Reiner faces up to life in prison.
Reiner is accused of breaking into Eisenhardt's home, stabbing her in the neck with two knives and stealing $2 worth of jewelry, which Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cataldo says he pawned at an Eastpointe shop before fleeing the state.
Eisenhardt died Sept. 20, 2011 from what Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz testified to be complications from injuries inflicted during the attack.
Reiner has not testified in the trial.