UPDATE: Jury gets case in Danielle Allen trial

July 18, 2018 07:40 PM

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the trial of a woman accused of killing her boyfriend in Livingston County.

The jury is now deliberating the fate of Danielle Allen who prosecutors say stabbed and killed her ex-boyfriend 22-year-old Marcus Postell in November 2016.


During closing arguments, the prosecution and the defense painted two very different pictures of what happened the night Postell died in Allen's apartment.

"Don't kill me, please don't kill me. Those were the words that were loud enough for Justin Bergman to hear upstairs," Cheryl Meyers Buth, Allen's attorney stated. 

It's the words Meyers Buth says Allen uttered the night Postell was stabbed in the chest and died.  

However, Livingston County District Attorney Gregory McCaffery says Allen recklessly stabbed Postell in a fit of rage and intoxication.

Meyers Buth told the jury that it was anything but... that Allen's injuries were consistent with a person who had been choked. 

"If she was that'd see multiple stab wounds. She was not out of control, she did not kill him for no reason. She killed him or he fell on the knife because she was trying t protect herself," Meyers Buth stated. 

McCaffery says Postel had broken up with Allen and packed his things. He adds that Postel was sitting on the love seat in Allen's apartment when she ambushed him with a foot long kitchen knife.

"She didn't choose to wave this knife and cut his arm, wave this knife and say stay away.... she put it in the kill zone and she got him," McCaffery added. 

Following closing arguments, the judge told the jury that if they find her not guilty of second-degree manslaughter, they can consider criminally negligent homicide.

Allen is the daughter of a New York State police major.

The jury will deliberate until around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night. 

If she is found guilty of manslaughter, she faces up to 15 years in prison.


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