Compton, 39, is on trial for the June 7, 2000 assault of Rajkumar Ramsinghani which led to Ramsinghani’s death in a Ft. Worth hospital ten days later.

District Court Judge Jerry Woodlock gave instructions to the jury explaining the definitions of both murder and manslaughter. He also said the fact that an indictment for murder had been issued against the defendant is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.

The jury has four choices in deciding Compton’s fate. He can be found guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter, guilty of aggravated assault or not guilty.

Cooke County Assistant District Attorney Martin Peterson presented the state’s closing argument. He said it is not up to the state to prove what type of object Ramsinghan hit (the wall or the floor) after being assaulted by Compton.

“What is important is that his (Ramsinghani’s) head suffered a traumatic injury,” he said. That injury, he explained ultimately caused Ramsinghani’s death.

He also said the case is not only about an aggravated assault. “It was more than merely bodily injury,” he argued. He urged the jury to hold Compton responsible for both the assault and the death of Ramsinghani. “His (Ramsinghani’s) death would not have occured but for the actions of the defendant,” he said.

He said Compton came to Ramsinghani’s apartment the night of June 7, 2000 intent upon causing trouble. He said Compton was “uninvited, unprovoked” and “mad as a wet hen.”

He dismissed the defense’s suggestion that Compton might have acted in self-defense. He said self-defense can only be proven if it is “immediately necessary to protect yourself” against bodily harm. The defendant, he said, had already used “unlawful force” against Ramsinghani and thus could not claim that he was acting in self-defense the night of the assault.

He summed up the state’s position by stating “trouble is all this defendant did want.”

Compton’s defense attorney Jim Hatcher said Compton did not come to Ramsinghani’s apartment the night of June 7 with the intent to kill Ramsinghani or even to get into an argument with Ramsinghani. After he got to the apartment, Hatcher asserted, Compton pushed Ramsinghani. He said it was a fall against some object in the apartment, such as the floor or the bathroom wall, which caused Ramsinghani’s head injuries. He called Raminghani’s death a “pure accident.”

“All ya’ll heard was that he (Compton) pushed him (Ramsinghani) and he hit his head on something.”

Hatcher was also critical of the Gainesville Police Department’s investigative work. He said GPD detectives should have tested blood evidence found on a wall and on the floor at the scene of the assault.

He further questioned the credibility of state’s witness Cassandra Calhoun who testified that Compton hit Ramsinghani even as Raminghani lie unconscious on his bathroom floor. Hatcher mentioned Calhoun’s past sexual relationships and hinted that Calhoun and Ramsinghani were also involved in a romantic relationship, something Calhoun has repeatedly denied.

He said Compton had come to Ramsinghani’s apartment that evening “just to get his wife (Calhoun) out of there.”

Finally, District Attorney Stormer summed up the case when she showed the jury photos taken at the hospital depicting Ramsinghani’s bruised and battered face ten days after the assault.

“This is a murder and nothing less,” she said. “A brutal bludgeoning by someone out of control.”

She also said that Ramsinghani did not even attempt to fight back while he was being beaten by Compton. She described Ramsinghani as a “peaceful man from a peaceful family” who “wouldn’t even squish a bug.” Ramsinghani, she stated, had no evidence of defense wounds on his hands. She said Ramsinghani’s last words to Compton were, “I don’t want any trouble with you.”

She also said that Ramsinghani was well-educated and hard-working and that he had completed two years of post-graduate work in chemistry.

She characterized the defendant, on the other hand, as a “nuisance” and a man who did not support his family. She said Compton stalked Calhoun and when Ramsinghani failed to pursue charges against Compton for breaking into his home May 10, 2000, Compton treated Ramsinghani as “another victim to terrorize.”

She urged the jury to find Compton guilty of murder. “If you let him loose on society he is just going to find more victims,” she said.

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