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He worked at the cutting edge of military technology, working on laser-powered propulsion for space launches.
A space launcher like the one Pakhomov proposed would be a major asset for providing instant satellite coverage wherever and whenever needed. It could — potentially — deliver a small package to any point on Earth quicker than FedEx.
As he left the courthouse on Friday, he maintained his innocence amid a group of reporters. "I didn't do it, I didn't do it," Dr. Pakhomov said. "I worry about my family and friends. I didn't do it." "I am telling everyone, never lose hope. Never lose hope. To everyone, I can say, never lose hope," Dr. Pakhomov continued to say.
"I think it was the right verdict. The jury had plenty of evidence, and the prosecuting attorney gave a great summation at the end," said UA Huntsville physics professor Don Gregory. "There were witnesses who really cinched the case a couple of days ago."
Yelena Zakin's daughter, Aleksandra, attended the trial, and was a witness for the prosecution. She told us she was very pleased with the outcome. "Words can't describe how I feel right now," said Zakin. "Justice has been served, and I know my mom would be happy right now for that."
Robert Tuten is presenting the closing argument for the defense. He is addressing several items, including DNA on the gloves found at the crime scene. Tuten says the gloves had someone else's DNA on them, but not Pakhomov's. He said the DNA was that of a 'town drunk.'
The state also addressed that all the evidence is circumstantial. However, prosecutors stated how one does not have to see the crime to know it was committed. The state also went back over the domestic violence cases, the use of belts and misstatements by Pakhomov to police.