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Jury Deliberations to Begin in Trial of Accused Cop Killer

Posted May 20, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Jury deliberations have begun in Raleigh in the first-degree-murder trial of the man accused of killing police Detective Paul Hale and Michael Walker.

Nineteen-year-old Kawame Mays has already admitted causing the death of Hale, as well as the death of Walker earlier the same day last July.

But his lawyers argue that he never intended for either man to die, and that he should be convicted of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Mays planned the killings and deserves the death penalty.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens went over jury instructions Thursday morning before sending the jury out to decide the case. They began their deliberations just before noon.