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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 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 he pawned at an Eastpointe shop before fleeing the state.

Eisenhardt 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.

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Casey September 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
This guy is the devil. I wish Michigan had the death penalty for animals like this. May he be sentenced to life in prison and rot in hell. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Joann Eisenhardt. May she live eternal life with God in heaven.. I lift her in prayer. Have been following this story, so I am praying that Friday some justice will be served. I am confident that he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. I will continue to follow this story. I have been since the day it happened. I'm so sad that this poor woman had to lose her life for a small amount of money. May she rest in peace.
Jenny Whalen (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The court has taken a recess for lunch, but the jury will be given instruction and go to deliberate this case at 1 p.m. We could very well have a decision by the end of the day. The closing arguments were intense, much podium-pounding on the part of the defense.

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