Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Murder convictions are obtained, routinely, around the nation with none of the 5 thing you listed.
The only one of the 5 that would give me a moment's pause would be the cause of death, but the circumstantial evidence involved (not the least of which was the fact that the corpse was found with duct tape over her mouth) would lead me to pass that over as a major issue with the State's case.
whether they are "routinely obtained" without a single one of those 5 things doesnt change whether or not there was reasonable doubt in this case.
It's well within a rational jury member to conclude that lacking those 5 things with the set of facts presented that there is reasonable doubt.