After nearly five hours of deliberations Thursday, jurors in the Andy Brown trial will continue the process beginning at 8 a.m. today.
Jurors began deliberations at 12:15 p.m., after closing arguments were heard from prosecutor John McDonough and defense attorney Michael Hills. McDonough wrapped things up with a 30-minute rebuttal to Hills’ 92 minutes of closing arguments.
Circuit court judge Paul Stutesman said jurors have as much time as they need to deliberate. If they have not reached a verdict by 5 o’clock this afternoon, they will return Monday.
Brown, 37, is accused of murdering Sturgis-area CPA David Locey last October.
Thursday’s proceedings marked the seventh day of the trial.
Citizen tips regarding marijuana-related activity resulted in the confiscation of nearly 22 marijuana plants Wednesday in Lockport Township.
A sheriff’s department media release stated members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 20000 block of M-86 regarding the manufacture of marijuana.
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 22 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, as well as several firearms.
Present as officers arrived on scene were three females ages 46, 43 and 25 years, and two males ages 28 and 20 years. A 2-year-old juvenile was also at the location.
SCAN was assisted by animal control, child protective services, and the county health department.
Following the investigation, the residence was condemned by the county Health Department because it was deemed unsafe for human habitation.
A 20-year-old Three Rivers woman suffered minor injuries following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday in Nottawa Township.
Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department were dispatched at 11:35 p.m. to Findley Road, west of Ironwood Drive, where a vehicle driven by Chelsea Gabbard had rolled over and came to rest against a tree.
Gabbard told police she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a small group of trees, causing the vehicle to spin and roll.
Gabbard was transported to Three Rivers Health with minor injuries. She was cited for careless driving.
Alcohol was not a factor in this accident, police said.
Raymond McCann, who was charged with perjury in connection with the Jodi Parrack murder case, has been ordered to stand trial.
The development took place following a preliminary examination Wednesday in St. Joseph County District Court before Judge Robert Pattison.
Pattison ruled that enough evidence exists for the 46-year-old McCann to stand trial.
Assistant prosecutor Erin Harrington said a single charge of felony perjury was amended to five counts of perjury against McCann. The charges stem from testimony he gave in 2012 regarding the case.
Four witnesses, including Parrack’s mother, took the stand Wednesday. Jo Gilson said a number of inconsistencies were noted in statements McCann made about his actions the night her 11-year-old daughter was found murdered in November 2007.
McCann remains a person of interest in Parrack’s murder.
Closing statements and jury deliberations are expected to begin today, as the Andy Brown murder trial enters its final phase.
Testimony from witnesses for both prosecutor John McDonough and defense attorney Michael Hills concluded Wednesday, when seven witnesses took the stand on what was the sixth day of the trial.
Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman said juror instructions would be given this morning after closing statements from McDonough and Hills.
Brown, a 37-year-old Portage resident, is being tried on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm in the Oct. 2 death of Sturgis-area CPA David Locey.
Det. Sgt. Lonnie Palmer, from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, was the primary witness to give testimony during Wednesday’s proceedings. He was on the stand for two hours and described in detail meeting Brown at the crime scene within an hour after Locey’s body was found, riding with him to the sheriff’s department that morning and subsequently interviewing him for more than an hour.
Palmer said at the conclusion of the interview, he placed Brown under arrest for embezzlement. The embezzlement charges stem from claims that Brown failed to present Locey payments in excess of $1,000 from various clients for which Brown worked as an employee under Locey.
Brown has declined the opportunity to appear in the stand, according to his attorney, Michael Hills.
A search warrant was executed this week at a residence in the village of Centreville for methamphetamine.
According to a sheriff’s department media release, members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit were given a tip about a marijuana grow in the 300 block of West Main Street.
Officers made contact Tuesday with residents at the address and executed a search warrant for marijuana. Once inside the residence, investigators located a methamphetamine lab along with methamphetamine, and items used to consume and manufacture methamphetamine.
A Centreville resident and a Galeburg resident were arrested at the scene. Charges include operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug house.