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Jury adjourns in murder case

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A Chatham County jury is still deciding the fate of the two men charged with murdering Achmed Williams in March 2013.

After two and a half hours of deliberation, and with so much testimony and evidence to consider, there is no timeline for a verdict.

"Now that the evidence and arguments of council have been submitted to you, it now becomes my duty to give you the final instructions of the court, as to the law applicable in this case," said Judge Timothy Walmsley.

With that declaration, the case is now in the jury's hands to decide whether to convict Terrell Nelson and Germaine Grant with the murder of Achmed Williams on 54th Street in March 2013.

"With everything that they say, I want you to think about corroboration," said Assistant District Attorney Mathew Breedon. "What matches up with the evidence and the other witnesses and what doesn't."

The state asked the jury to consider the testimony presented and how it supports the evidence, like the eye witness account from Lester Seabrook who identified both defendants, or the cell phone records that put Grant's phone in use near the scene on the day of the murder and Grant's connection to another shooting.

"It's not just a coincidence that he just happened to be at the scene of two shootings where the same gun was used in both," said Breedon.

The defense tried to poke holes in not only Seabrook's credibility and story, giving alibis, but they also tried to prove someone else had to have committed the murder.

"No murder weapon, no DNA, no figerprints, no confession, no motive," said Nelson's defense attorney David Burns. "Think about this."

The defense said there is simply not enough evidence to prove, especially beyond a reasonable doubt, that the two defendants are guilty.

"When your minds, as you minds certainly are, wavering, unsettled or unsatisfied, remember those workds, write them down," said Grant's defense attorney John Rodman. "That is a doubt of the law, and it is your duty to acquit."

Just before 5 p.m. the jury came out to ask two questions. One was about a seven hour recorded interview with Seabrook, and if at any point the jury decides they want to watch it, the judge said it would have to be in its entirety.

The jury has been adjourned for the evening, and they are orderd to reconvene at 9 a.m. on Monday.

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