It took a jury less than five hours to convict a New shirt A man is on trial for the murder of three family members and a close family friend.
Scott Kologi20 years old, sat in silence as he heard the verdict in the Monmouth County courtroom on Thursday, Asbury Park Press report. In the end, the jurors found the defendant guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and a second-degree weapon count for the deaths of his mother, father, sister and grandmother on New Year’s Eve 2017.
Kologi faces the possibility of four life sentences for his death Linda Kologi44; Steven Kologi Sr.42; Mary Schulz70; and Brittany Kologi18. His sentencing date is set for June 30.
The defense pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and argued in court that Kologi suffered from untreated schizophrenia and hallucinations and experienced a psychotic episode on the day of the murder. Kologi also has a severe developmental disability, his lawyer argued in court.
The defense called one of Kologi’s surviving brothers to stand to support their claims during the second week of a three-week trial. Jonathan Ruiz testified that at the time of the shooting, his brother still believed in Santa Claus, slept in his parents’ bed and was unable to dress himself, as first reported. Asbury Park Press.
A prosecution expert countered that the defendant “has autism, not schizophrenia, and knows what he’s doing when he kills his family members”. Press Conference speak.
Kologi was 16 years old when the jury agreed that he killed his family, but prosecutors decided to try him as an adult.
A judge agrees to admit a tape recording of the accused’s alleged confession as evidence; The recording became an important piece of evidence for the state despite the defense’s efforts to block the tape.
Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. Lemieux ruled against defense attempts to prevent the jury from seeing the recording. Protection failed Arguing in court records that the defendant – a 16-year-old man with autism – was incapable of understanding and then giving up Miranda the rights.
Kologi’s attorneys also stated in those filings that Steven Kologi Jr. should never have been allowed to act as the defendant’s brother’s guardian during police interrogation because he was both present at the shooting and the owner of the gun used to carry out the attack.
In the video, which was recorded just hours after the massacre and later obtained by Law & Crime, Scott Kologi tells a Long Branch Police Department detective how he carried out the killings. His brother struggled to maintain his composure while sitting in the room. The defendant then told a second detective from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office that he was aware of his actions at the time.
Jurors heard that recording during the trial, which included two minutes Kologi spent describing how he killed his family. In the transcript below, “Detective 1” is Detective Long Branch Michael Verdadeiro, and “Detective 2” is Detective Andrea Tozzi of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
KOLOGI: I know they’ve all passed away.
FINDING 1: How did you know that?
KOLOGI: Like I said, even though it feels like I’m not physically doing this, I can still see things and I want to see them move and I keep shooting until they’re gone. stop moving. You know like aiming for the head and not.
FINDING 1: So you’re aiming for their head?
KOLOGI: Yes, and when I see them they’re still moving – because, even though I’m in a similar situation like this, it’s as if I don’t want to be in pain at the same time.
FINDING 1: Okay, let me rewind a bit. So upstairs, your mom walks in, right?
KOLOGI: Well, open the door to come in.
FINDING 1: So the gun is loaded.
FINDING 1: How many times did you shoot her?
KOLOGI: I’ll say it five, seven times.
FINDING 1: Where did you shoot her? In which part of the body?
KOLOGI: Like torso and chest.
FINDING 1: Okay, your dad heard gunfire and he came over.
FINDING 1: And then he gets hit, is that his back?
KOLOGI: His back, yes.
FINDING 1: Okay. And then you walk down the stairs?
FINDING 1: With the gun loaded, and you go to the kitchen?
KOLOGI: Yes, and then the rest happened
FINDING 1: How many times did you shoot your sister?
KOLOGI: Three times.
FINDING 1: Where did you shoot her?
KOLOGI: Well, she’s sitting down so it’s like a chest and everything.
FINDING 1: And who else did you shoot?
KOLOGI: Grandma. Yes, chest, chest area.
FINDING 1: How many times did you shoot her?
KOLOGI: I believe four times.
FINDING 1: Four times?
KOLOGI: Like and I know, uh, because I have things in my ear it’s muffled but also like because I’m not fully there.
Detect 2: When you are loading [gun] and when you do this there…
KOLOGI: Yes, I want to ask it but I can’t stop. Like it was something subconscious, like, I have to do it.
FINDING 2: Do you feel angry?
KOLOGI: That’s right.
FINDING 2: Okay, um, you’ve said something before, and I wanted to make sure I remember correctly to ask you about it. You said something – you weren’t really mentally there, like, when things were going downhill. . .
KOLOGI: Like everything was happening, like I was watching it. Like it feels like I’m further back in my mind, I can still see it when I know I’m doing it but it feels like it’s not me.
FINDING 2: Okay, but you know what you’re doing?
The topic of Kologi’s mental state came up again when he mentioned to detectives that he thought about killing a bully who lived with his family that night:
FINDING 2: Do you hear any voices, see the thing when this happens?
KOLOGI: No, no.
FINDING 2: Do you hear any voices saying “Can you do it?” Image ordered you to do it?
KOLOGI: No, no.
FINDING 1: Have you ever thought about killing someone else?
FINDING 1: What stopped you from doing that?
KOLOGI: I don’t know. Too tired I guess. I doubt I’ll do it again, but I’m not sure.
FINDING 2: When you saw your grandfather, did you decide not to shoot him? Why? Why did you ignore it when you saw him?
KOLOGI: Because I was confused.
FINDING 1: You seem to be a smart guy. You know what you did; you are not a dummy.
KOLOGI: Yes, yes.
Prosecutors praised the jury after it reached its conclusion.
“The jury’s verdict confirms that Scott Kologi was responsible for his decisions and actions on the night that culminated in the killing of four members of his family,” acting prosecutors said. Monmouth County Lori Linskey say in one declare on Thursday.
This trial revolved around the mental health issues and responsibility of this defendant. It is clear that the jury considered all the evidence, including the testimony of expert witnesses, as well as applicable law, to reach its verdict. Acknowledging the defendant’s criminal behavior, we also realize that this is a tragedy for all the family members affected by this great loss. This office will continue to hold gun violence perpetrators accountable.
Kologi’s attorney did not respond to Law & Crime’s request for comment.
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