PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Corey Graham, Jr., the 20-year-old man accused in the shooting death of Jimmy McMillian, is found guilty of all counts.
Previoulsy: A jury of eight men and four women are now deliberating in the first degree murder trial of Corey Graham, Jr. The 20 year old man is accused in the shooting death of Jimmy McMillian, a well known grocery store owner in Belle Glade.
Closing arguments were completed just before noon on Thursday, with prosecutors contending that Graham must be held accountable for arming himself and shooting McMillan. While on the stand on Wednesday, Graham admitted to pulling the trigger. "His story is ridiculous," said prosecutor Kirk Volker. "The evidence against him is overwhelming. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for him to be accountable for what he did."
Defense attorneys, meanwhile, argue that another man - Jonathan Jones - who was with Graham at the time of the shooting had forced Graham to carry out the crime. Attorney David McPherrin said Graham would never have gone into the Alabama Georgia grocery store on January 2, 2012 if it was not for an armed Jones' making threats toward Graham.
Two female alternate jurors were dismissed before deliberations, leaving eight men and four women. If convicted of first-degree murder, Graham could receive the life in prison with no parole.