Jury deliberations begin in football player's death

Devin Jefferson
Devin Jefferson

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Jury deliberations began late Friday afternoon in the trial of a man accused masterminding a plot that ended with the death of a University of Memphis football player.

The fate of Devin Jefferson was just put in the hands of a jury late Friday afternoon.  Earlier in the day, prosecutors argued Jefferson is guilty of first degree murder because he hatched the robbery plan that caused Taylor Bradford's death  Defense attorneys, meanwhile, argued the other defendants changed Jefferson's plan.

Friday morning, the defense rested its case without calling a single witness. Jefferson, whose fate hangs in the balance, chose not to testify.

Before the judge gave instructions to the jury, Jefferson appeared to be fidgety.

Then came the closing arguments.  Prosecutor Reggie Henderson worked to explain to jurors that Jefferson did not need to intend for Bradford to die in order to be guilty of first degree murder.

"(He) Intended to commit the robbery," Henderson told jurors. "That's what you got to look at. Did Devin Jefferson set a course of events in effect in which he intended for Taylor Bradford to be robbed - not killed - robbed."

Henderson continued, saying even though Jefferson was not physically present at the scene of the robbery, he was just as guilty as the trigger man.

"Devin Jefferson wanted this robbery," Henderson said. "Devin Jefferson wanted to get back at Bradford, and now that it went bad, and now that Taylor Bradford is no longer with us, because of what Devin Jefferson did, he wants to put the pin back in the grenade."

Jefferson appeared to nervously move his eyes after Henderson finished his closing arguments.

Defense attorney Charles Mitchell argued that the other defendants - Victor Trezevant, Courtney Washington, and Daeshawn Tate - changed Jefferson's plan.

"Victor Trezevant decided to bring a gun," Mitchell said. "Devin Jefferson wasn't privy to that decision. Devin Jefferson didn't have an opportunity to say no."

Mitchell argued the trigger man, Victor Trezevant, acted alone in the murder.

"A distinct act from any," he said. "I don't know if there was an attempted robbery. I think it was just a shooting, acting independently on his own, shot and killed Taylor Bradford."

Jefferson looked unsure after Mitchell's closing arguments.

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