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Durham jury weighs fate of Texas man on trial

Posted May 1, 2013 4:57 p.m. EDT
Updated May 2, 2013 6:43 a.m. EDT

— Jurors deliberated for a second day in the trial of a Texas man accused of killing a Pennsylvania high school football player and injuring another in a Durham parking lot.

After six hours of talks Wednesday, the jury went home without reaching a verdict in the trial of 24-year-old Gabriel James Gamez.

Gamez is charged with first-degree murder in the June 23, 2011, death of 18-year-old Darrell Turner and also faces several assault charges after a teammate from Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa., was shot in the leg.

The players and their team had stopped in Durham en route to a Florida football camp.

Gamez's attorney said in closing arguments Tuesday that her client was scared for his life, but prosecutors said Gamez was the aggressor and that the football players did nothing wrong.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours on Tuesday and will continue deliberating Wednesday morning.

Gamez faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he's found guilty of first-degree murder.

The jury is also weighing verdicts of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.