Jury deliberating fate of man who could face the death penalty
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – On Thursday afternoon, jurors began deciding the
fate of a Louisville man who could get the death penalty if convicted of murdering
another man and burying his body in the basement of an Old Louisville home.
Jurors have the option of finding Banis not guilty. If they find him guilty,
they have a choice of ten convictions.
The first is the murder of Jamie Carroll. His body was found in June 2010
buried in the basement of the home Banis shared with this then-boyfriend,
co-defendant Jeffrey Mundt.
If the jury doesn't think Banis is guilty of actually murdering Carroll,
they can find him guilty of knowing Mundt was going to kill Carroll and doing
nothing to stop it.
Mundt spent nearly two days on the witness stand telling jurors it was Banis
who killed Carroll. During closing arguments, defense attorney Darren Wolff
called Mundt's credibility faulty while showing jurors a picture of Mundt
crying during his initial interview with police when he told them he knew
nothing about a body in his basement.
"He wasn't being untruthful from the beginning," Wolff told the
jury. "He didn't do what Mr. Banis did, which was telling his side of the
story or tell (police) what happened. He chose the opposite path. You have to
consider the credibility of witnesses."
For its part, the state argued both Mundt and Banis are guilty of murdering
Carroll. "Two men, two men were charged," argued Assistant
Commonwealth's Attorney Ryane Conroy. "Two men were indicted. Two men murdered
Jamie Carroll. They both did it. They both did it. They're both murderers.
Today is Joseph Banis' day."
Along with the murder or facilitation to murder charge, the jury has to
decide whether Banis is guilty of robbery or facilitation to robbery. He's also
facing possible charges of tampering with evidence, possessing three fake
counterfeit $50 bills, and possessing meth and drug paraphernalia.
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