• Jury deliberations to continue Monday in the case of the killing of Norcross teen

    By: Kerry Kavanaugh


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County jury will return Monday to continue deliberating the case against two men charged with killing a 15-year-old teenager from Norcross.

    The jury began deliberations just at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. They asked the judge to dismiss for the weekend, saying they would not reach a verdict tonight.

    The day began with three hours of closing arguments from two defense attorneys and the prosecutor.

    "This is a case about money and greed," said assistant district attorney, Mike Morrison.

    Morrison says that led a group of seven men to the home of an innocent Norcross teenager. The state believes the men went to steal his fathers' drug dealing money. Anthony Lumpkin and Eddie Green are among the seven suspects accused in the February 2012 home invasion that ended with a single gunshot to Nicholas Jackson's chest.

    As they had throughout the trial, the defense attorneys hammered the state's key witness, a member of the group of that turned on his co-defendants.

    "(There are) huge doubts because the people that tie him to this are people that you wouldn't trust at all," said attorney Wesley Parsons, Wesley Green's representative.

    "Take anything that a witness tells you with a little bit of skepticism," said David Whitman, Anthony Lumpkin's representative.

    Prosecutors believe Lumpkin fired the shot that killed Jackson. Whitman says his client had no idea what the group was up to when they headed into Gwinnett County that night.

    "He is not inherently guilty; he is just stupid," Whitman said of his client.

    Prosecutors say Green allegedly helped plan the robbery and provided the getaway van. They say he was there that night, but did not get out of the van.

    Ultimately, the prosecution reminded the jury of the victim, a Norcross High School football player, and the moment his sister found him on the floor.

    "Stand tall for Nicholas Jackson," Morrison said. "Do not let these men walk out of here," Morrison said.

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