A Fayette Circuit Court jury resumed deliberations Tuesday in the trial of two cousins charged in the 2012 shooting death of Henry Clay High School sophomore Chaz Black.
The jury deliberated seven hours Monday without reaching verdicts. Deionta Hayes and Dominique Godfrey are charged with one count of murder, two counts of assault and one count of theft by unlawful taking of a firearm.
At 9:30 p.m, the jury asked to break for the night, and Circuit Judge Thomas Clark granted the request. Clark said deliberations would resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Hayes, 24, was accused of firing the gun that shot Black, 16, in the chest and of wounding two others in an apartment at Palumbo Drive and Man o' War Boulevard.
Godfrey, also 24, is accused of having Hayes driven to the apartment to assist in getting back money Godfrey had lost in a dice game.
The defense asserted that Hayes shot in self-defense to protect himself from a threat, but Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dan Laren asked the jury to reject that argument. Laren held a photograph of Black during portions of his closing argument.
"Chaz Black did not deserve to die," Laren said. "He was unarmed, sitting in his friend's apartment ... ."
After Hayes started shooting and had wounded Koree Smith and Laroz Mitchell, Black got up "and was trying run out the door," Laren said. "He wasn't attacking anybody."
Brian Hewlett, a public defender representing Hayes, said in his closing argument that lying witnesses and an incomplete police investigation meant the jury could not convict Hayes of murder.
"Lacking credible witnesses, wouldn't you want a damn solid investigation by police?" Hewlett asked the jury. "... We could have more information but we don't."
Prosecutors argued that the shooting was set in motion by Godfrey. But Mike Bufkin, a public defender representing Godfrey, told the jury there was no evidence Godfrey "solicited, counseled, commanded or engaged in a conspiracy with Mr. Hayes."
Hayes and Godfrey did not testify during the trial.