(PatriotWise.com)- Last week, FBI agents testifying in the kidnapping and murder trial of Louis Coleman described what they found while searching the defendant’s computers.
Coleman is accused of kidnapping 23-year-old Jassy Correia outside of a Boston nightclub in 2019 and killing her. Correia’s body was found in Delaware, stuffed in a suitcase in the back of Coleman’s car.
Last Tuesday, FBI agents described to the jury what they found on Coleman’s computers.
Agents said they found multiple web searchers Coleman had made in the days after Correia went missing, including one search on “Can a person fit in a suitcase” and another on “how to pull tooth out that is not lose [sic].”
The best Coleman’s defense attorney could come up with to counter the testimony was pointing out that Coleman never did a web search on how to kidnap someone.
The defense maintains that while Coleman is responsible for her death, he did not kidnap Correia, instead, she left with Coleman voluntarily. The defense contends that Correia, high on cocaine and alcohol, had gotten into an argument with friends while at the nightclub and Coleman offered to help her.
Prosecutors point to the damage on the inside of the passenger window of Coleman’s car where Correia kicked it with her feet as evidence that she was being held against her will. Coleman’s injuries, the prosecution argued, also show evidence that Correia was fighting him off while being strangled.
There is no clear evidence of Correia’s cause of death. The Medical Examiner had testified that Correia’s fatal injuries weren’t visible in the surveillance video that showed Coleman carrying her up to his Providence apartment. However, that testimony was stricken from the record because it was not included in the ME’s written autopsy report.
The trial wrapped up on Tuesday with closing arguments and Coleman’s fate now rests in the hands of the jury.
During closing arguments, federal prosecutors outlined to the jury the five elements in the case that proves Coleman enticed the victim, lured her into his car, held her against her will, crossed state lines, and willfully caused her death.
If convicted, Coleman faces up to life in prison.