Jury starts deliberations in trial of Truck Park Bar shooting suspect
Jurors are now weighing the case of a man accused of having a role in the deadly shooting at St. Paul’s Truck Park Bar in October 2021.
After hearing closing arguments Tuesday morning, the jury was handed the case against 34-year-old Terry Brown at around noon. It comes a day after the state and defense rested their cases.
While jurors did ask a question late in the day, they didn’t reach a verdict Tuesday and will resume deliberations Wednesday morning.
The shooting resulted in the death of 27-year-old Marquisha Wiley and injured more than a dozen others.
Brown is charged with one count of second-degree intentional murder and four counts of attempted second-degree murder. He is also charged with one count of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Court records show seven additional attempted second-degree murder charges were previously dismissed.
Prosecutors say Brown showed “a complete disregard for everyone else inside the bar that night,” while Brown’s attorney has argued his client was defending himself.
In their final statements to jurors before handing the case over, attorneys for each side boiled it down to simple points.
While Brown’s attorney, Stephen Grigsby, argued that his client was just trying to avoid being killed, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Treye Kettwick said Brown doesn’t get to claim self-defense based on his actions.
“Nothing about his actions were honest, and nothing about Terry Brown’s actions were in good faith,” Kettwick told the jury. “He’s not entitled to use self-defense.”
Previously, Brown’s trial was to begin on Jan. 30 with his co-defendant, Devondre Phillips. As previously reported by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Brown’s trial was rescheduled for April 3 before being moved again to June.
Phillips was found guilty of all eight counts of attempted second-degree murder for the shooting following a jury trial. Jurors reached the verdict less than a full day after they received the case.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will continue to follow this case and will provide updates when a verdict is reached.
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