SANTA CRUZ -- The man who escaped after attacking a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy and led police on a manhunt in November 2010 showed "consciousness of guilt," prosecutor Celia Rowland told jurors Tuesday.
Maurice Ainsworth, 26, faces more than four dozen charges stemming from the escape and for a home invasion that occurred in a remote area outside Boulder Creek in March 2009.
In her closing remarks Tuesday, Rowland meticulously reviewed elements in the sea of charges Ainsworth faces.
They include attempted murder -- of a hospital worker he fired at outside a Dominican Hospital MRI center -- several counts of kidnapping, robbery, false imprisonment for robbery, false imprisonment for extortion and assault of police officer.
"Guilty," Rowland said. "The evidence, the law and justice demand that word: 'guilty.' "
Defense attorney Mark Garver doesn't contest that Ainsworth is guilty of many of the offenses he's charged with.
"He did a lot of bad things but I'm asking that you maintain your oath, your integrity as a juror," Garver said. "Give him the fair trial he's entitled to. Find him not guilty of the things he's not guilty of."
Garver accused the prosecution of relying too heavily on the victims' emotions to prove certain elements of their case, such as the attempted murder charges and kidnapping for extortion. He argued that the evidence of those is circumstantial.
Ainsworth was facing trial on charges connected to the 2009 home invasion when he broke free from a deputy by beating her, biting her and using her own stun gun on her. While free, he invaded a preschool and an occupied home. He was eventually caught in an English Drive home where the residents were out.
When apprehended, Ainsworth had a handwritten to-do list inserted in a body cavity that prosecutors say referred to the victims of the home invasion. It included such directives as "go online and get personal power of attorney," and finding out about off-shore accounts.
Rowland said his actions clearly showed he'd planned his escape, and that it wasn't the "frantic, desperate act" defense attorneys have previously claimed.
Jurors began deliberating late Tuesday afternoon and will resume Wednesday morning.
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Editor's note: A headline on an earlier version of this article incorrectly named Maurice Ainsworth. This version has been updated with his correct name.