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“The premise is that the human mind is extremely complex,” Farrow told jurors. “This case is about the mind of Dennis Pozniak” and his intentions that night, he argued.

Excerpt from article by Rose Krebs (Burlington County Times):

“A man bludgeoned his girlfriend and her father to death with a pipe wrench because he was angry the relationship was ending and he was being put out of the Mount Holly home they all shared, the state contends.

During opening arguments Thursday at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly, First Assistant Prosecutor Ray Milavsky told jurors that Dennis Pozniak, 29, “viciously” beat and killed Nicole Wilson, 25, and her father, Bryan Wilson, 52, while they were sleeping sometime late on Jan. 30, 2015 or in the early morning hours.

The three lived in a home together on Washington Street with Nicole Wilson’s younger sister, who discovered the victim’s bloody bodies at about 9 a.m. Jan. 31 and called 911. An audio tape was played in court, with her hysterically telling the operator her father and sister were “bleeding” and “not waking up.” She found her father in bed in a first-floor bedroom and her sister laying on a couch of the three-story home.”

Timothy Farrow, Pozniak’s attorney started his opening by citing the Oscar-winning movie “A Beautiful Mind,” which chronicled the mental struggles of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash. “The premise is that the human mind is extremely complex,” Farrow told jurors. “This case is about the mind of Dennis Pozniak” and his intentions that night, he argued. “You will learn this is a young man who had a history of serious mental illness that started as early as age 11,” Farrow said. He struggled with “severe” depression and anxiety, he added. “What Dennis Pozniak chose to do to deal with this mental illness was to treat it himself, to self medicate” with “hardcore” drugs that made matters worse, Farrow argued. – Criminal Defense Attorney Tim Farrow

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“”This is a case about an angry man, an angry young man,” Milavsky told jurors, adding that Pozniak’s relationship with Nicole Wilson was strained after her father moved in with them in late 2014. Pozniak, who has an official address of Stephen Drive in Cinnaminson, has been in custody since his arrest.

“Bryan Wilson was an evil man in his mind,” Milavsky said. “He viciously murders the two of them while they were asleep and he then seeks to take his own life.”

There was tension in the home and Pozniak had issues with Bryan Wilson’s drinking problem, according to testimony. Text messages of Pozniak’s indicated he was looking for a place to live and would be leaving the residence, Milavsky said.

“He essentially blamed Bryan for the end of his relationship with Nicole,” Milavsky said. “That was to be his last night in the household.”

The prosecutor said evidence will include testimony about Bryan Wilson’s head injuries, which included him being struck “at least 10 times.” Photos were shown of Wilson laying in bed, covers up to his face, with blood on a pillow and splattered on the wall.

“She never knew what hit her,” Milavsky said of Nicole Wilson’s death. She was struck with the same pipe wrench while asleep on the couch as her sister slept two floors above.

After killing the two, Milavsky argued, Pozniak went upstairs and slashed himself with a razor “dozens and dozens” of times and took Xanax and Valium washed down with alcohol.

“This is not a whodunit case, keep that in mind,” Milavsky told the jurors. Instead, the defense was likely to argue that Pozniak did not intend to kill or had a “diminished” or “impaired” capacity due to his drug and alcohol abuse and mental issues that did not enable him to form intent, Milavsky speculated in his opening argument.

Timothy Farrow, Pozniak’s attorney started his opening by citing the Oscar-winning movie “A Beautiful Mind,” which chronicled the mental struggles of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash.

“The premise is that the human mind is extremely complex,” Farrow told jurors. “This case is about the mind of Dennis Pozniak” and his intentions that night, he argued.

“You will learn this is a young man who had a history of serious mental illness that started as early as age 11,” Farrow said. He struggled with “severe” depression and anxiety, he added.

“What Dennis Pozniak chose to do to deal with this mental illness was to treat it himself, to self medicate” with “hardcore” drugs that made matters worse, Farrow argued.

He had tried to kill himself multiple times and was in a “downward spiral that continued throughout the course of his life,” Farrow said of his client. His mind was “all over the place” in the days leading up to the killings.

Farrow said Pozniak’s mental issues were not brought up as “an excuse” or to make jurors feel sympathetic. They are being discussed only to show he did not “purposely” and “knowingly” kill the Wilsons, which the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt under the murder charges Pozniak is facing.

The trial, which is expected to possibly last into early December, will continue Tuesday before in front of Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert. If convicted, Pozniak faces the possibility of life in prison.”

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Tim Farrow, of Dash Farrow, LLP, is an experienced South Jersey criminal defense trial attorney and former Burlington County assistant prosecutor who handles criminal offenses of any kind.  When you need experienced, focused, and responsive legal help for a criminal arrest in South Jersey, call Dash Farrow, LLP at 856-235-8300 or Contact Us HereWe serve individuals and businesses throughout Burlington and Camden Counties, as well as all of South Jersey.