Case Conclusion Date:July 28, 2006
Practice Area:Criminal Defense
Description:Assault in the first degree with serious physical injury, a class A felony with punishment upon conviction of 10 to 30 years or life in prison under Missouri law. Allegations in charges were very unusual. The accusation was that Mr. Gill forced a cell phone into Ms. Abel's throat, nearly causing her death. The trial of this case was covered by the international media. It was mentioned in telecasts by David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Howard Stern. After a week-long trial, the jury deliberated for 14 hours. A unanimous verdict could not be reached. The jury vote was 9 not guilty and 3 guilty.