SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Compelling testimony Thursday from Gypsy Blanchard, a woman involved in the murder of her mother, Dee Dee.
Gypsy Blanchard described to the court how she felt abused by her mother and Nicholas Godejohn agreed to help her find freedom.
Thursday, the defense rested its case in Godejohn’s murder trial.
Blanchard testified for a little more than an hour. She admitted that it was her idea to kill her mother Dee Dee Blanchard a year prior because she wanted to be free from her mother’s hold.
She says for years, Dee Dee forced her to use a wheelchair and lied to her about various sicknesses. It wasn’t until after Gypsy was arrested that she learned how healthy she actually was.
And the prosecutor told KOLR10 that Gypsy was wearing invisible ankle restraints when she walked into the courtroom in case she tried to run.
Once Gypsy was seated at the stand, the defense began its questioning.
Attorney Dewayne Perry asked her why she killed her mother instead of telling someone that she was healthy. Gypsy replied that she didn’t think anyone would believe her because her mother had paperwork explaining that she was incompetent.
Gypsy says killing her mother was the last resort. She and Godejohn had other plans like trying to get Dee Dee to like him or getting pregnant even stealing baby clothes from Walmart in her wheelchair. When their alternatives to murder didn’t work, they considered poisoning Dee Dee, arson, or shooting her.
Gypsy says it was Godejohn’s idea to use the knife and her idea to mail it to his home in Wisconsin.
The defense asked her why she didn’t kill her mother herself. Gypsy said she didn’t like blood so she didn’t think she could go through with it.
Gypsy explained why she thought murder was an only option instead of telling anyone about her mother’s abuse.
“I didn’t think anyone would believe me. I thought they would eventually tell my mom and that would make my home life even worse for me. I feared her more than I feared anyone else,” says Blanchard.
Gypsy also told the prosecution that Godejohn wanted to rape her mother, but Gypsy says she talked him out of it. Gypsy says that she offered for him to rape her instead after the murder.
The defense asked her if Godejohn raped her. Gypsy said not at first, but then he didn’t stop when she asked him to.
Godejohn will only take the stand if there is a sentencing phase.
On Friday, the defense will cross examine the prosecution’s rebuttal witness about Godejohn’s mental health.
After that, closing statements will begin.