Joshua Lookingbill
Joshua Lookingbill

Closing arguments are set to begin Wednesday morning in the first-degree murder trial of a York City man accused of fatally stabbing his romantic rival as the man slept in bed with the woman at the center of the love triangle.

After the prosecution rested its case early Tuesday afternoon, Joshua Justin Lookingbill informed the presiding judge he would not take the stand in his own defense.

But the jury had already heard plenty from the 25-year-old man.

Confession: Tuesday morning, first assistant district attorney Jennifer Russell played a nearly 90-minute video recording of Lookingbill's interview with York City Detectives Tony Fetrow and George Ripley.

In the interview, Lookingbill admitted to fatally stabbing Nakia "Nitty" Williams about 4:20 a.m. Jan. 31, 2013. He also identified a bloody knife found hours later as the weapon he used.

The case: Lookingbill broke into the South Pershing Avenue home of Olga Cuadra -- the mother of his three daughters -- and attacked Williams as the victim and Cuadra lay sleeping in her bed, according to trial testimony.

Williams, 37, of York City, was stabbed a total of nine times and died in bed, according to Russell.

Chief public defender Bruce Blocher, who is representing Lookingbill, called one witness to the stand before resting his case Tuesday -- Roger Lookingbill, the defendant's father, to briefly vouch for his son's character.


Common Pleas Judge Thomas H. Kelley VI adjourned court early and scheduled closing arguments for 9 a.m.

Sweatshirt: As sheriff's deputies led Lookingbill from the courtroom, Kelley advised Lookingbill not to wear the same red sweatshirt to court he wore Monday and Tuesday.

"(Jurors) might infer that you're incarcerated," the judge said.

Also, Kelley noted, it's the same sweatshirt Lookingbill was wearing in the videotaped police confession jurors watched Tuesday.

Third-degree charge: Kelley granted a request from Blocher to add a charge of third-degree murder against Lookingbill, who already was charged with first- and second-degree murder and burglary.

First- and second-degree murder carry automatic life sentences without parole. Third-degree murder has a maximum penalty of 20 to 40 years in prison.

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