Attorneys in Ricky Woods' murder trial made a final appeal to jurors during closing arguments Friday morning. Both addressed the credibility of prosecution witnesses, some of whom had criminal convictions.
"This is how you look at the credibility of these witnesses. You take their statements and they could all be corroborated. One piece of this jigsaw fits into the other piece of this jigsaw which fits into the other piece of this jigsaw and when you put all these little pieces together, you see the big picture," said Prosecutor Steve Feiner.
Defense attorney Devin Garramone also addressed the credibility of prosecution witnesses.
"She made deals to come here and testify and you have two other people that made deals with the D.A.'s office."
During the lunch break, people who moments before filled the courtroom to watch the trial got into a fight outside the courthouse. Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies had to break up the brawl. At least a dozen people were involved. The crowd was told not to come back, and the courtroom, full in the morning, was virtually empty after lunch.
After lunch, the judge charged, or instructed, the jury. The jury began deliberations at about 2:45. At 3:31, they sent a note, asking to hear again the testimony of a prosecution witness who says she saw defendant Ricky Woods, Jr. take a gun from his waistband outside an after hours party on Leeds Street, in Utica, on December 19, 2015, and point it at victim Jamal Mathis, who was running away. The witness said she heard gunshots. An autopsy showed exit wounds on Mathis' chest.
The jury left after the readback, at about 4:15 Friday afternoon, without reaching a verdict. They'll resume deliberations Monday morning.
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