Closing arguments heard in trial of suspect accused of killing Amanda Plasse

Collection of photographs of Amanda Plasse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A jury heard closing arguments today in the murder trial of Dennis Rosa-Roman, the man accused of killing Amanda Plasse nearly five years ago.

Amanda Plasse’s family choked back tears as her murder was described in vivid detail during closing arguments Thursday.

Less than 50 feet away was Dennis Rosa-Roman, the man accused of stabbing Plasse to death at her Chicopee apartment.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell pointed to Rosa-Roman as she took the stand, trying to convince jurors he’s the one responsible for Plasse’s murder. “This defendant, and only this defendant, killed Amanda Plasse on August 26, 2011,” she said.

Defense Attorney Donald Frank argued his client is innocent, telling jurors Rosa-Roman saw another man kill Plasse, but wouldn’t tell police who. “Dennis, to refuse to give up the name of the third party, because he says if my name pops up, meaning if they capture him and my name pops up, he’s going to kill me,” he said.

Prosecutors told the jury to use their common sense and look at the evidence.

Assistant DA Karen Bell showed jurors video recordings of conversations Rosa-Roman had with police, proving his story has changed several times over the years. “Each time he’s confronted with evidence, he changes his story to fit the evidence,” she said.

The jury will now have more than 160 pieces of evidence to consider before deciding Rosa-Roman’s fate.

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