February 15, 2019
James M. Gilbert wearing the traditional clothing of his people.
James’s attorney tried to blame “contaminated marijuana” for his client’s chimpout, but the lab results are clear: the jiggaboo was simply high on his own blackness.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says there were no other drug substances found on marijuana James Gilbert smoked before the death of his girlfriend.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office is objecting to a homicide defendant’s request to have additional testing conducted on marijuana he smoked before the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend.
The defendant, 24-year-old James M. Gilbert, suggested in a pretrial motion that contaminated marijuana could have caused him to have a psychotic episode in the hours before the death of his girlfriend, 20-year-old Marinda Matasowski. Gilbert’s court-appointed lawyer in the homicide case, Thomas Brasco, asked a judge to order testing on the marijuana.
But in a response filed last week, District Attorney Jack Daneri wrote that the marijuana has already been tested for the presence of other drugs. Testing by the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab found no other drug substances, Daneri wrote.
Gilbert faces charges including homicide and aggravated assault in Matasowski’s death. Daneri has said he will seek a first-degree murder conviction, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Erie County Judge Joseph M. Walsh has scheduled a hearing on the motions for March 20.
Marinda Matasowski with her surviving pickaninny.