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Campbell case expected to go to Stanford jury Monday

STANFORD - Jurors in the Jamarkos Campbell murder trial likely will begin deliberating the case Monday after Campbell's attorney rested his defense Friday without calling a single witness.

Lincoln Circuit Judge Jeffrey Burdette dismissed the jury early Friday and told them to return Monday morning prepared to listen to closing arguments. Attorneys spent the rest of the day arguing over complicated instructions containing at least 20 pages that Burdette will give to jurors when they begin to decide the case Monday.

Defense attorney Edward Cooley had subpoenaed witnesses to testify on Campbell's behalf but chose not to call any of them to the stand Friday. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon after less than two days of testimony.

Jurors will have to weigh conflicting accounts of what happened inside the trailer in Hubble on Feb. 1, 2002, when Ryan Shangraw, 20, and Bo Upton, 18, were shot multiple times.

Campbell and another man charged in the case, Matthew Tolson, each claim the other was the main shooter that night.

Campbell's versions of the story were presented in the form of two taped interviews he did with police last year, after DNA evidence linked him to the murder case that had grown cold over six years.

Campbell stated in his first interview with detectives that he and four others from Richmond traveled to Shangraw's trailer intending to rob him of cocaine. His story changed the second time to say the Richmond crew was going to buy $6,300 worth of cocaine and that the deal erupted in gunfire when Shangraw reached for a pistol.

In both versions, Campbell said he remained in the car when the shooting occurred. He claimed that Tolson, whom at first he said he did not know, carried a semi-automatic rifle into the trailer and did most of the shooting. He said Tolson told him what happened inside the trailer.

Tolson has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in exchange for a recommended 20-year prison sentence and testified Wednesday as part of his plea deal with prosecutors, reports The Danville Advocate Messenger.

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