The Highlight of My Internship: The Criminal Homicide Trial of Christina Ashton

Pictured above is David Smith, co-counsel and Jeff            Pictured above is District Attorney Bob Stewart

Stover, defense attorney for Christine Ashton.                who is representing the commonwealth.

    This criminal homicide trial was the topic of my internship paper. Therefore, I am not going to give in depth details of the trial.  A criminal homicide trial, includes the charges of first and third degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, there were several other factors that could have determined the jurors’ final decision. Both the prosecution and the defense did an astonishing job presenting their sides.  Christian Ashton shot and killed her boyfriend, Darin Whitsel on December 19, 2001.  The defense was arguing that it was an accidental shooting and no premeditation was involved.  They would also contend that the commonwealth does not have sufficient evidence to convict Christiana.  District Attorney Stewart contended, in his 40-minute closing statement, that Christina had the “motive, means and opportunity” to shoot Darin when he came into the cabin.  He concluded the testimony proved her irresponsible behavior toward Darin, a routine of it.  In the end, a 9-3 vote found Christina Ashton guilty of third degree murder.  I had the privilege to view and hear all testimony in this four-day criminal homicide trial.  Click here to return to main page.