Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Heriberto Viramontes, 37, denies the attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery of Silverbridge woman Natasha McShane and her friend Stacy Jurich in the Bucktown district of the American city on 23 April 2010.
The baseball attack, which occurred under a viaduct, left Ms McShane brain-damaged and unable to talk or walk unaided and Ms Jurich needing 15 stitches to her head. The pair, aged 23 at the time, were studying at the University of Illinois.
Portions of five calls made between 9 May, 20 May, 5 June and 10 November, at Cook County jail were played in court.
A man on the other end of the call told Viramontes he had been made to look like a "monster" - the accused allegedly claimed he had been under the influence of drugs.
"I did some stupid sh**," he allegedly said in the recording, adding: "I probably hit her once."
Viramontes' former girlfriend, Marcy Cruz, is serving two 11 year sentences after she admitted her involvement in driving the get-away van.
But defence attorneys for Viramontes have questioned her evidence, pointing out her varying versions of events.
In another recording played at Cook County Criminal Court, the defendent spoke of his worry about her.
"She's the only f***ing thing holding me down," he allegedly said in the call.
They jury was also told by a fingerprint expert that the prints found on a shopping bag, which Ms Jurich said belonged to Ms McShane, matches those of Viramontes.
A former girlfriend of the accused, Kira Lundgren, also gave evidence on Tuesday. She said she was woken by Viramontes in the early hours of 23 April 2010.
She said he took her with Cruz in a van to a gas station.
She said he seemed agitated and was talking emphatically with his hands in the store.
She also said Viramontes and Cruz huddled around a newspaper the day after the attack, but that "they would not let me see it".
A judge told jurors to expect to begin deliberations on Thursday.
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