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Trial begins for Dayonte Resiles, accused killer who previously escaped Broward courthouse

The murder retrial for Dayonte “Moochie” Resiles is in its third week, and if found guilty he could be sentenced to death.

Resiles is accused of fatally stabbing a 59-year-old woman inside her home located in Davie back in 2014. He made headlines in 2016 after he escaped the Broward County courthouse during a pretrial hearing, he slipped out of his handcuffs and jumpsuit and ran out. He was found less than a week later hiding out in a hotel in Palm Beach. Eight people were charged with helping him escape.

The judge has now allowed prosecutors to use evidence of his courtroom escape in this trial to try and prove consciousness of guilt.

Resiles is being charged with the murder of Jill Halliburton Su, who was stabbed and slashed more than 20 times with a knife in 2014. Her body was discovered in a bathtub in her home.

Resiles’s attorneys have been attempting to pick apart the state’s evidence, and Resiles ‘ supporters have also held rallies in the past saying he was framed and questioned the credibility and accuracy of the Broward Sheriff’s Office crime lab, especially when it comes to mixtures of DNA.

Halliburton Su’s son, Justin Su, was briefly a suspect after he reported finding her dead on Sept. 8, 2014, in her bathtub.

But authorities said Resiles’s DNA was found on a knife and on a bathrobe belt that was used to tie up the victim. Prosecutors accused him of killing the victim during a burglary.

Resiles has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and it will be in the hands of a jury to decide what happens next.

Attorneys expect this trial to last about a month. If convicted on these first-degree murder charges, Resiles could face the death penalty.