May 18, 2006
Just hours ago the jury got the case in the trial of Louis Antonio Bryant. He is charged in a series of violent crimes that plagued Charlottesville for years.
After spending a full day on closing arguments, including a nearly four hour closing argument from the defense attorney, the 6 man, 6 woman jury deciding Louis Antonio Bryant's fate now has the case.
Bryant is charged with racketeering in connection with a series of crimes in the 10th and Page and Prospect/Orangedale neighborhoods dating back to 2004. Bryant is the only suspect out of 29 that has not plead guilty in connection with the alleged series of shootings and drug trafficking that stretches from Philadelphia to North Carolina.
The nearly two week trial concluded arguments today with Defense Attorney Jonathan Katz portraying the prosecution's witnesses as a group of liars conspiring to frame Bryant. Prosecuting Attorney Bill Gould said that of course his witnesses were convicted felons because ordinary people don't get involved in these type of activities.
The jury will begin deliberations at 9 a.m. tomorrow. If convicted, Bryant faces life in prison. The jury in this case was not sequestered, but they were told not to discuss this case until after a verdict has been reached.