FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faces murder and torture charges took the witness stand Friday as his jury trial neared its conclusion.
Frank P. Bigoski IV, 30, is one of seven people accused of beating Fairfield resident Keith E. Osby Jr., 29, on the night of May 12, 2011, at a San Andreas Street home, and later killing him.
Three of Bigoski’s codefendants have taken plea deals. One is awaiting trial and two others, in separate jury trials, were found guilty of murder and torture charges.
Bigoski testified that he had wanted to confront Osby about the possibility he had stolen his laptop computer and a PlayStation3, but that he had no idea Osby had been lured to the house for a planned ambush. Bigoski denied being angry about Osby’s denials of having stolen the electronics while he had previously stayed at the home, saying the denials just “pushed his buttons a bit” and “bothered him.”
Bigoski’s voice quavered and got weepy nearly every time cross-examination questioning by prosecutor Robert Hightower led Bigoski to concede and acknowledge his role in beating Osby, hitting him with an aluminum bat and gagging and hog-tying him with duct tape before loading him up into a borrowed taxi before he was shot execution-style in the back of the head.
“I was shocked by the situation in general,” Bigoski said of the attack and the extreme violence.
Bigoski said his memory about his role in events that night was now better than it was when he was interrogated by police a month after the killing, when the suspects were arrested.
“It was a bad night for me. I was just trying to get it out of my head,” Bigoski said of the disparities between his testimony and what he told police. Bigoski agreed it had been a lot worse night for Osby.
Closing arguments in the trial are expected when jurors return Wednesday.
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