The fate of Bruce Pollard is now in the hands of the jury. After nearly a full day of closing arguments, the jury got the case late Tuesday afternoon.
Pollard is charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery in connection with the death of Kenneth McDaniels, the manager of the Cinema X in downtown Ottumwa.
In Tuesdayâ??s closing arguments the prosecution spoke of how the victim, Kenneth McDaniels, was described by family members as living a simple meager life.
The state went back through evidence they say proves Bruce Pollard guilty of first degree murder and first degree robbery.
However, the defense said there was no way it was robbery -- that Pollard was acting in self defense for fear of his own life.
â??You would think, you would assume that somebody who came in there with the intention of robbing the place would be a little bit more thorough than what is demonstrated by the state's evidence. There's also, we heard about, we don't have a picture of but we have a picture of an envelope that sat on Kenneth McDanielâ??s bed that had $154 in it and we heard testimony how that $154 generally squared with the ledger accounts that Mr. McDanielâ??s kept for the theater that day. Everything seemed to match up. The theater should have approximately $154 -- turns out that is in fact what the theater had,â?? said Allen Cook, Defense Attorney.
The prosecutor said, â??It wasnâ??t a struggle, it was a beat down,â?? referring to the death of McDaniels.
â??In order to eliminate any eye witness to the robbery, this is what he does to him. He doesn't use it as a defensive way as he has claimed. Kenny McDanielâ??s is, time he says, he pulls it out. Iâ??m going to get out of here right. Kenny McDanielâ??s doesn't have anything in his hands. He doesn't have evidence of any weapon that McDanielâ??s has. Hereâ??s Bruce Pollard with a cross bar,â?? said Scott Brown, Prosecutor.
The defense said they believed the police had a confirmation bias and that they had established their theory and disregarded any other information.
The defense told the jury that Pollard was justified in striking McDaniels first because he was put in a position where he felt uncomfortable, what the defense is calling a sexual assault.