Testimony in Colucci trial to wrap up Wednesday

Michael Colucci next to Cheryl Savage on Tuesday during testimony. 

The defense told the judge on Tuesday that they should be finished with witnesses on Wednesday. That means the jury could start deliberating Michael Colucci’s fate late tomorrow or early Thursday.

The trial, now in its second week should finish ahead of schedule but there is some push-back from the prosecution about a video the defense wants to show to the jury and testimony from an expert witness.

The video is a reenactment of what the defense believes may have happened to Sara Colucci in May of 2015 and said it is relevant to the case. The prosecution said the video is based on interpretations from the defense and is unreliable.

The prosecution also is sparring over an expert witness called by the defense to testify about the scene following Sara’s death. The state says he is not qualified. Judge Deadra Jefferson is considering both matters and has not yet made a decision.

On Tuesday morning the jury left the courthouse in Moncks Corner to visit the scene on 17A in the Berkeley county section of Summerville. When they returned Andy Savage called different expert witnesses who testified about artificial finger nails, soil samples and Sara Colucci’s mental health.

A psychiatrist, Dr. William Jenkins said he first saw Sara in 2009. “I saw her 31 times,” said Jenkins.

“Initially I saw her more frequently but then as she became an established patient it would be like every two to three months.”

Jenkins testified he prescribed medication to Sara for ADHD, anxiety and depression. Jenkins said Sara was considered to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well.

“Because of the tragic loss of her first husband, I believe that was what figured prominently into her anxiety and depression,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he last treated Sara on April 16, 2015 and told Savage her depression was recurring throughout her time with him.

The prosecution then questioned Jenkins about Sara’s initial psychiatric evaluation form from Oct. 5, 2009 showing that no serious mental health issues were noted.

“No suicidal ideations right?” asked Assistant Deputy Attorney General Megan Burchstead.

“That is correct,” said Jenkins.

“No hallucinations or delusions, correct?” asked Burchstead.

“That’s correct,” answered Jenkins.

The prosecution believes Sara’s death was no accident and was strangled by her husband Michael Colucci outside of the business they ran in Summerville and told the jury it is a case of common sense.

“Does it make sense that Sara hung herself in broad daylight less than 25 feet away from the defendant?” Assistant Attorney General Joel Kozak asked the jury back on Nov. 26.

The defense says Sara suffered from severe depression and was still obsessed with her previous husband who is deceased and told the jury last week the manner of death still remains undermined.

“Accident, suicide or homicide—a determination that as of today, the agencies involved required by law to make that decision, can’t do it,” Savage told the jury.

Court wrapped up around 5p.m. on Tuesday so the judge could make a decision on the earlier motions. Colucci faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.