Prosecutors in the trial of a man accused of murdering a bar bouncer expected to rest their case Thursday, and public defenders say they will need at least a day and a half to present their client's defense.
The prosecution was expected Thursday to call on expert testimony to rebut an argument by defense attorneys that defendant Ranale Mane suffered from alcoholic blackout the night of the killing. If convicted of the Dec. 20 slaying, Mane could be sentenced to death or life in prison.Defenders Michael Esplin and Stott Harston said they hope to convince jurors that their client had consumed too much beer the night of the killing to be able to intentionally form a murder plan.
One Provo police officer testified Wednesday, however, that the defendant seemed in control of himself following his arrest two hours after the shooting. He said Mane wasn't drunk enough to be considered a threat to himself or others because of that condition.
Mane, 27, is charged with capital homicide, attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the shooting death of Michael Ray Brown, a bouncer at the Silver Spur, 210 W. Center.