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Deliberations begin in HAAF Sergeant murder trial


The defense rests in the trial against Hunter Army Airfield Sergeant Emmanuel Perez.

Both sides presented closing arguments in court Thursday. 

Perez is charged with the murder of Armondo Montez in April 2013.  

Perez testified in court Wednesday that he felt relief after the shooting. 

The judge has dismissed the jury and now they have gone to the jury room to begin deliberations. 

The jury is considering between 3 charges when it comes to the death: malice murder, felony murder or voluntary manslaughter. 

The state wants the jury to return a verdict of malice murder while the defense says this was voluntary manslaughter. 

Perez also faces an aggravated assault charge and possession of a fire arm.

Court resumed Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Chatham County.

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