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Closing Arguments Heard In Brown Trial
Thursday Jul 10, 2014 11:06pm
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(CENTREVILLE) – Closing arguments were heard Thursday morning in the trial of Andy Brown.

The 37 year old Portage resident is facing charges of First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Firearms in the October 2, 2013 shooting death of David Locey, who was found in his office just north of Sturgis.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough says Brown is the only one the evidence points to as the person who shot David Locey. McDonough says cell phone records show Brown was in the area at 7:15 AM when Locey arrived at his office, and waited for his opportunity to shoot Locey. ...... {LISTEN}.

Defense Attorney Mike Hills shared with the jury that Andy Brown had no hatred towards David Locey. He referred back to the October 1 meeting between Locey, Brown, Brown's wife Heather and Joy Stevens to discuss possible embezzlement charges against Brown and how Brown and Locey had cried over the situation.

Hills says there were others that had problems with Locey and could possibly be the ones who murdered him. ...... {LISTEN}.

Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman instructed the jury that after going over the testimony and evidence, they could find Brown guilty of the first degree murder and felony firearms charges, or second degree murder along with the firearms charge.

The jury started their deliberations just after 12 PM and by 5 PM, had not reached a verdict. They will return Friday morning and continue going over the trial until they reach a unanimous verdict.

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