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BALTIMORE --
A Baltimore jury on Friday found a man guilty in the January 2007 slaying of an off-duty city police officer.
Brandon Grimes was found guilty of first-degree murder and the use of a handgun in a crime of violence in the slaying of Officer Troy Chesley Sr.
11 News reporter David Collins said Grimes had no obvious reaction to the verdict. Grimes looked around the room, where people were sobbing in the moments before the verdict was read.
The jury deliberated for about three hours spanning Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
The case had been postponed nine times before the trial started this week.

In closing arguments, the state pushed its point that Grimes killed Chesley with two bullets in a premeditated act, citing blood evidence, bullet casings found at the scene and the police issued bullet found inside Grimes' body. Prosecutors said Grimes was shot while he was in plain clothes and on his way home from work.
The defense told the jury that no witnesses saw Grimes pull the trigger, there was no DNA evidence -- no fingerprints or gunpowder residue found -- and said the prosecution was "twisting the situation."

Story From: wbaltv.com
 
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