Trial underway for murder of Gypsy Blanchard’s mother
Prosecution works to prove pre-meditation
Springfield, Mo. — The trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his girlfriend is underway in Springfield, Missouri. Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, a jury watched compelling evidence in the trial of 29-year-old Nicholas Godejohn – his 2015 confession.
“The truth is… Ok I’ll admit it. I did actually stab her,” says Godejohn in the interrogation footage. The confession is just a fraction of the hour and a half long interrogation footage watched by all twelve jurors and the defendant himself.
For the next few days, Greene County prosecutors will work to prove their accusations, that Godejohn not only murdered Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, but did so after considering the severity of the crime.
“I would have never did it if it were not for me and her,” says Godejohn during interrogation.
The state would have to prove Godejohn murdered Blanchard with a motive. In this case, prosecutors are claiming the motive is infatuation with Clauddine’s daughter, Gypsy, who at the time of her mother’s killing was being abused.
“So you wouldn’t have done it if somebody else would’ve asked?” questioned authorities in interrogation.
“No. There’s no way I would’ve did it for anyone else,” replied Godejohn.
If prosecutors can prove the murder was pre-meditated, it will mean a first degree murder conviction carrying a sentence of life in prison or a death sentence.
Godejohn’s defense team isn’t denying his guilt, but will try and persuade jurors that it was his autism that stood in the way of him comprehending what he confessed to doing in 2015.
The state is expected to wrap up its case soon. After that, the defense will call its first witness to the stand. One of the people expected to speak on Godejohn’s behalf is his ex-girlfriend and convicted accomplice, Gypsy Blanchard.
Family members say Gypsy Blanchard was forced to use a wheelchair and undergo unnecessary medical procedures while living with her mom. She is serving a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. The case has spawned numerous TV specials.
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