WATERLOO – Jurors headed home without reaching a verdict for a second day in the trial of three people charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Waterloo man.
Jurors began deliberations Tuesday morning in trial of Armand Rollins Jr., 18, Shavondes Martin, 22, and Doncorrion Spates, 17, and they returned Wednesday morning and continued through the day before heading home again.
Deliberations are expected to resume today.
The three are charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and intimidation with a weapon with intent in the July 17, 2016, shooting on Logan Avenue that killed Otavious Brown, 21, and wounded two others.
Jurors can also consider lesser charges ranging from second-degree murder to variations of assault.
Prosecutors said the trio was in a sport utility vehicle and opened fire as it drove past a group of people in front of 817 Logan Ave. The driver, 26-year-old Jacques Williamson, pleaded to lesser charges as part of an agreement to testify as part of the state’s case.
Williamson denied shooting and testified Martin fired from the front passenger seat and he also heard gunfire from the backseat, where Spates and Rollins were sitting.
He said he didn’t know his passengers were armed and said they forced him at gunpoint to drive past the address while he was taking them on a trip to a convenience store.
Witnesses were unable to identify the assailants, and police found spent shell casings from two different weapons.
Defense attorneys attacked Williamson’s credibility, noting he initially told police someone had stolen his vehicle and used it in the shooting.