Attorneys make closing arguments in Margate man’s penis defense murder trial

Closing arguments began Monday morning in the murder trial of a South Florida man whose defense is that he accidentally choked his ex-girlfriend with his penis.

Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, is charged with second-degree murder in the choking death of his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, in 2015.

Patterson's attorney, Ken Padowitz, argued during trial that his client accidentally choked Marquinez during oral sex.

Patterson did not testify. Instead, the defense called on Dr. Ronald Wright, a former Broward County medical examiner, who said it was possible that Marquinez could have choked during oral sex.

Assistant state attorney Peter Sapak questioned why Patterson didn't call 911 right away and reminded jurors of testimony from an ex-girlfriend, who said he told her that he choked Marquinez. He also re-read a text message that Patterson's daughter said she sent him to him the day after Marquinez was killed.

"Your dad did something really bad last night," Sapak said, reading the text Amanda Schneider said Patterson sent to her. "I'm so, so sorry."

Before the trial began, Padowitz filed a motion asking that the jury be allowed to see Patterson's penis, but the defense rested before Broward County Judge Lisa Porter made a decision.

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