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Jury begins deliberations in Utica murder trial

The defense closed first, taking approximately 50 minutes.f

Posted: May 28, 2019 12:28 PM
Updated: May 28, 2019 5:28 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- After a week of testimony, closing summations wrapped Tuesday in the murder trial a Raekwon Winston.

He is the Utica man accused of shooting and killing a homeless man, 60-year-old Lawrence Edwards, nearly three years ago.

The defense closed first, taking approximately 50 minutes in Oneida County Court.

The defense said a lot of people could have committed this crime, and that prosecution witnesses were not credible and gave inconsistent testimony.

The prosecution told jurors minor inconsistencies in witness' recollections doesn't mean an effect didn't happen.

The judge gave the jury some instructions they began deliberations shortly before 1 p.m. They left court without reaching a verdict, and will be back at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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