Closing arguments begin in Rideout trial

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Closing arguments in the Craig Rideout murder trial began Monday afternoon.

Craig's estranged wife Laura, their two sons Colin and Alex, and Laura's boyfriend Paul Tucci, are being tried together for his murder. All four defense attorneys have the opportunity to make a final case to the jury.

Alex's attorney, Julie Cianca, appeared to walk a fine line by trying to convince the jury her client did not murder Craig, while not outright accusing one of the other defendants. There was also an attempt to use the possibility of evidence tampering to pull jurors away from a murder conviction.

"He's 19 years old, he's scared, his mom has been cleaning up," Cianca told the jury. "If you're going to do it for anyone, it would be her. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying it's not murder."

Matt Parrinello, Colin's attorney, followed with his closing argument, in which he pointed the finger at Laura.

"No child should have to clean that up, shouldn't happen," said Parrinello. "What kind of person asks her children to clean that up? What kind of person asks their children to do that? It's the same kind of person who comes into the courtroom and blames her children."

The jury was sent home Monday around 4 p.m. Closing arguments will resume Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. News 8 will continue live-streaming closing arguments on RochesterFirst.com

After that, the judge will instruct the jurors, who will then begin deliberating.

Craig was strangled to death in his Penfield apartment last July. His body was found on the side of a road in Yates County a few days later. Police say his face was disfigured by acid. 

News 8 will continue to provide updates throughout the trial.


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