Opening statements in the 1st Degree Murder Trial for Shawn Osborne got underway Monday afternoon in 4th Judicial District Court in Sheridan. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Darci Arsene spoke about the early morning hours of January 15, 2010, when the alleged murder of Gerald Bloom took place.
Arsene stated that after a night of drinking at several bars in Sheridan with a couple of his friends, Osborne became agitated over his money situation and the fact that Gerald Bloom had owed him $20. Arsene went on to explain that at approximately 3 am on January 15th, Osborne and David Widiker-Fausset went to the home of Dennis David at 1075 Bellevue Avenue, as Osborne had been staying there at that time, along with Dee Himes and Gerald Bloom.
Arsene explained to the Jury that the State would prove that Osborne went into the room where Bloom was sleeping and woke him up, ended up putting him in a rear naked choke hold before slitting his throat twice and stabbing him in the throat four times. After which, Osborne placed Bloom in a sleeping bag and drug his body outside and placed him underneath the trailer in a crawl space adjacent to the front porch.
During the Defense's opening statement, Attorney Robert Jones said that his client was so intoxicated at the time of the crime, that he didn't know what he was doing and was not able to form his intention. Jones said that one of Osborne's friends, David Widiker-Fausset furnished vodka and other alcoholic beverages to his client throughout the evening just prior to the alleged incident with Bloom, and that type of enabling behavior should not be overlooked during the trial.