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Wichita jury still deliberating in murder trial

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, March 25, 2013, at 10 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 25, 2013, at 6:40 p.m.

Jurors will continue deliberations Tuesday in a first-degree murder trial that centers on a disputed “identification” of the defendant.

The Sedgwick County District Court jury met for about eight hours Monday; the jurors deliberated for more than two hours Friday before breaking for the weekend.

In the two-week trial, prosecutors argued that a witness identified Terrell Cole when he picked up a mug shot lineup with six pictures and folded it in a way that left only Cole’s face showing. Prosecutors said fear of retaliation kept the witness, former basketball standout Korleone Young, from making a verbal identification. The defense lawyer argued that there was no identification.

Cole, 32, is charged with killing Andre Lovett while the men were trying to rob people in a house at 1822 N. Minneapolis on Jan. 19, 2011.

As men ran from the scene, Cole fired a shot that hit Lovett in the abdomen, prosecutors said. The two men have been described as friends.

Wichita police said someone driving a van — a vehicle that Cole had been driving that day — left Lovett at Wesley Medical Center shortly after the shooting. Lovett, 30, died the next day.

Contributing: Hurst Laviana of The Eagle

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