Prosecutors and the defense attorneys defending Jason Halman - who is currently on trial facing manslaughter charges in the stabbing death of his brother, former Mariners outfielder Greg Halman - both agree: he should be acquitted of the charges against him.
This being the case, the Dutch court where Jason Halman is on trial has ordered him provisionally released, pending a decision on the acquittal request that prosecutors and defense attorneys are now both on board with.
Jason Halman is believed to have fatally stabbed his older brother after the two quarreled about loud music in the early hours of Nov. 21, 2011. During Jason Halman's trial, psychiatrists said he was having a psychotic episode at the time of the killing, which took place in an apartment they were sharing in Rotterdam.
Judges at the Rotterdam District Court are expected to rule on Aug. 30.
Anyone following the saga shouldn't be terribly surprised by this most recent development.
A little over a week after Greg Halman's tragic death in November, 2011, the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker spoke with Frits Huizinga, described as "a longtime friend of Greg Halman's family and is now representing younger brother, Jason, in [Greg Halman's] stabbing death."
Baker noted on the Seattle Times Mariners Blog at the time:
Greg Halman was upstairs with his girlfriend, Tanjita Larmony, but heard Jason at the door and went downstairs to let him in. He then went back upstairs to Larmony while Jason remained downstairs in his part of the apartment.
Soon after, Jason began playing music with the volume turned up loud. Sources close to Halman's family have told me Jason did this in order to block out the voices he'd hear in his head.
Huizinga told me he has not heard that explanation directly from his client, so he could not confirm it. But he did confirm that loud music was played in the apartment and that Greg Halman went back downstairs to see what was going on.
It was soon after that the Mariners outfielder was slashed in the throat, severing his carotid artery. His girlfriend, Larmony, was the one who called police.