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Jurors shown final moments of Southland Mall security guard

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The fate of a man accused of shooting and killing a mall security guards was in the hands of jurors Thursday night.

Marques Rainey, an unarmed security guard at Southland Mall, was shot to death while trying to break up a fight at the mall.  Thirteen months later, his family relived their nightmare in a Shelby County criminal courtroom.

"You seem like you've healed over the year and it comes back and it's just fresh all over again," said Chantrice Rainey, the victim's widow.

Terrell Loverson, 21, is charged with Marques Rainey's murder, which was caught on a mall surveillance camera.

"It's been long," said Chantrice Rainey.  "I think the hardest part was seeing the video of the actual murder."

On the surveillance video, Marques Rainey tries to stop Loverson by pinning him against a mall display.  Loverson breaks free and heads for a mall exit.  Before he leaves, he fires a single shot with a 9 millimeter handgun from four feet away, striking Marques Rainey in the chest.

"They had kind of gave me a warning of how much we would see, but it still didn't prepare me for seeing that," said Chantrice Rainey.

Defense attorneys did not claim Loverson was innocent, but argued that the murder was not premeditated and urged jurors to consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Marques Rainey's loved ones said they hope a first degree charge will stick.

"We're all praying and wishing for justice," said Marques Rainey.

Jurors began deliberating just before 5:00 p.m. Thursday.  They are sequestered and have wrapped up for the night.  Deliberations resume Friday morning.

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