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Enfield Murder Case In Jury's Hands

Posted June 2, 2001

— After three weeks of testimony, 200 pieces of evidence and more than 40 witnesses, the jury will soon decide the fate of a man accused of killing an Enfield police officer.

Attorneys finished their closing arguments Friday in the case against Douglas Elijah Travis.

Travis sat quietly in court as his attorneys put forth a different theory about Lt. Tonya Gillikin's murder. They argue that it was not Travis who shot and killed her in 1999 at a traffic stop but rather her fellow officer, Cedric Robinson, who accidentally fired a shot.

Defense attorney Tonja Ruffin told the jury that "there is no evidence that has been presented that would satisfy you beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of these offenses."

The prosecution balked at the idea that Robinson shot Gillikin, claiming that Robinson's gun could not have fired the gun because the bullets did not match Robinson's gun.

"It has got to stop," prosecutor Bob Caudle told the jury. "This character assassination of Cedric Robinson has got to stop."

He asked the jury to convict Travis to protect the community. "Every God-fearing, right-thinking law-abiding citizen of this community now looks to you," he said.

The jury has gone home for the weekend and will return Monday to begin deliberations. Reporter/PhotographerBrian Bowman

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