UPDATE: Verdict In For Cayde Lish Voluntary Manslaughter Trial


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) It only took four hours for the jury to reach its decision in the Cayde Lish case that's lasted all week.

Attorneys for both sides made their closing statements Friday morning in a voluntary manslaughter case. Defense attorney Keith Roark told the jurors that 22 year old Cayde Lish acted in self defense in the death of Jerimiah "J.D." Paiz. Prosecutor George Gunn maintained Lish used excessive force. The judge then handed the decision over to the jury.

Paiz's family members reacted emotionally when the clerk read the jury's verdict, and were asked to leave by the judge.

The clerk asked, "Question number one: Is Cayde Lish guilty or not guilty of voluntary manslaughter? Guilty." The crowd cheered, and District Judge Richard Bevan said, "Ladies and gentlemen, you're excused."

J.D.'s mother Rosa Paiz, "We came here for one reason, for justice for J.D. The job has been done. We prayed the Lord to help us, and he did come through. And I believe J.D. came in to help us out."

The jury's guilty verdict was unanimous, and they also agreed Lish used a deadly weapon, namely, a knife. Paiz's father Dan pointed out after hearing this whole case, his son J.D.'s life was taken for no reason at all. But J.D.'s dad wanted to thank those involved in the case.

Dan Paiz says, "I want to thank the courts, the jury, everybody that helped us out. I'm glad it worked out this way."

Rosa Paiz says, "We're just a happy family right now. Now we can lay J.D. to rest, and tell him we miss him, we love him, that he'll always be in our hearts."

Hearts that are broken now, but that will eventually heal.

Cayde Lish will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Friday November 8th.

August 23, 2013.

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The jury has made a decision in the voluntary manslaughter trial for Cayde Lish. The ten man, two woman jury declared Cayde Lish guilty of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the death of Jerimiah Piaz. Sentencing has been set for 1:30 p.m. November 8.

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