WOBURN (AP) – A Massachusetts jury will soon hear closing arguments in the manslaughter trial of the brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Mark Kerrigan is charged in the Jan. 2010 death of his 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan.

Testimony in the trial ended Friday. Closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled for Monday in Woburn Superior Court. Prosecutors allege that Mark Kerrigan caused his father’s death when he grabbed him around the throat during an argument, triggering heart failure.

Kerrigan’s lawyers say Daniel Kerrigan died because he had severe blockage of his coronary arteries. They say Mark Kerrigan wasn’t responsible for his father’s death.

Nancy Kerrigan and her family have supported her brother. Nancy has been in the courtroom every day of the weeklong trial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. P. Terra says:

    I don’t understand how his family can defend him! Particularly with damage in the throat area of the deceased. Are they out of their minds, or not based in reality?

  2. Lucy says:

    He’s family and the father had health problems. It’s hard to be empathetic to a grown man who can’t seem to get it together. It’s frustrating for all. This is probably more common than we even know. Some people can’t seem to handle life.

    It’s tragic that the father died. Obviously the son had absolutely no right to lay a hand on him. He should have to pay something for his actions. Maybe that will get him to start acting like an adult.

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