After more than a month of unexpected legal twists, testimony finished Tuesday in the trial of Dennis Escobar, accused of killing a Miami cop. Jurors will hear closing arguments Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Escobar confessed to fatally shooting Miami Officer Victor Estefan during a traffic stop in Little Havana in March 1988. On Tuesday, a traffic accident reconstruction expert testified that a stolen Mazda linked to Escobar was the same car that crashed into the patrol car after the shooting.
Four weeks ago, a previously undiscovered police audio tape surfaced, threatening to derail the state’s case. The tape depicted Escobar, detained in a California prison hospital, invoking his right to remain silent.
A judge ruled the confession was admissible because Escobar later asked a detective to return to speak days later to talk about the Miami murder.