PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Portland man who’s serving a 38-year sentence in the shooting death of his roommate.
Daudoit Butsitsi (Doo-DWAH’ Boo-TEE'-see) argued that his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination were violated when the judge ordered him to answer questions about how he obtained the gun. The jury was told that his failure to answer the questions could be considered in determining guilt.
The court ruled Thursday that the judge acted within his discretion after Butsitsi chose to testify in his own defense but refused to answer questions about the gun.
Butsitsi was convicted of murder in the February 2010 death of Serge Mulongo. Prosecutors say Butsitsi ambushed Mulongo in revenge after several fistfights; Butsitsi said he acted in self-defense.