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Closing arguments presented in standoff trial


Closing arguments are under way in the trial of two men accused of standoff situation.

Kevin Brooks and Brian Jones have been accused of false imprisonment and armed robbery in a home invasion in May that prosecutors say led to the standoff. Prosecutors say Brooks and Jones broke into Earl Hamilton Jr.'s house on Milton Street because they thought he had drugs and cash. They said Brooks then forced Hamilton to drive downtown to his credit union the next morning on May 17, 2012.  

In closing arguments, defense attorneys say that wasn't the case at all - that it was a drug deal between Hamilton, Brooks and Jones that went bad.

But prosecutors want to know - if that was the case - why did Brooks run when police surrounded the house on Milton Street?

"He has no idea what's gone on downtown. Why is running is because he's like, 'Oh my God'. We just did a home invasion, and they know," said Assistant District Attorney Jerry Rothschild.

"Earl's got a problem. Earl is mixed up in a drug deal, and that's what this is all about," said defense attorney Richard Darden.

The prosecution is defending its case against those claims. The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Monday afternoon.

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