Final day of closing arguments: Graham capital murder case
POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:14am
El Paso, TX — The capital murder case for Craig Graham is in its final stages. The 30 year-old former marine is charged with allegedly shooting and killing two Fort Bliss soldiers outside of a nightclub last year.
Thursday, the prosecution wrapped up its closing arguments and asked the jury to consider that all of the evidence proved Graham did not act in self defense when he allegedly shot and killed the two men. They said Graham instead could have avoided the situation all together.
In the trial that started on Monday, the defense claimed Graham acted in self defense. They claimed there was a third soldier who initially started shooting, which prompted Graham to shoot them to defend himself.
But the prosecution said this argument is false, by claiming that soldier Tyrone Head fired a gun up in the air across the parking lot as a warning shot, never pointing it at Graham. Assistant DA Denise Butterworth said there are other key factors that night proving Graham is guilty of capital murder. She said Graham was unlawfully carrying a gun, he provoked the fight outside of the club, and when he pointed that gun at the group of soldiers, his intent was to kill.
The jury went into deliberation Thursday afternoon and did not agree on a verdict. The jury was sequestered for the evening and will continue in the 384th District Court Friday morning.
If Graham is convicted, he faces up to life in prison.