Jury will be entering shortly.
Brown's mother is the first on the stand, she's crying.
No questions have been asked yet.
Diane Brown-Strong says her son never mentioned a shooting. She also says an injury in 2004 - he was shot in the leg - prevents him from running.
Under cross-examination, Brown-Strong denies telling US Marshals that Brandon told her that he shot someone in self-defense.
The defense rests. Brandon will not testify.
Attorneys will have to finalize jury instructions and deliver closing arguments before the case goes to the jury.
They did some work yesterday on jury instructions, but I'm not sure how close they are to a final draft.
There could be rebuttal witnesses called by the state, as well. I have no indication whether they plan to do that. I'm not sure the defense introduced any testimony that would warrant a rebuttal witness, but you never know.
The state will not call any rebuttal witnesses and it sounds like jury instructions have been hammered out.
Jury will be brought back in shortly and jury instructions will be read. The state will deliver its closing argument, defense will deliver a closing and I believe each has a chance for a rebuttal closing.
Correct. The state gets a rebuttal closing because it has the burden of proof.
The jury instructions include a host of lesser-included offenses:
second-degree murder, attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, willful injury causing serious injury, willful injury causing bodily injury, involuntary manslaughter, assault causing serious injury, assault with intent to cause serious injury and assault causing bodily injury.
Closing arguments will be delivered shortly.
"The defendant had a choice and he chose to shoot and kill Donelle Lindsey."
The state is not required to provide a motive.
"It's not an incident, it's a killing." Christiansen concludes.
Sissel is playing a video of Petsel Place at night during his closing. It's very dark, little light.
Sissel on the state's eye witnesses: They lied to police. They misled the police. And then conveniently forgot details.
Sissel is breaking down the inconsistencies in DiMarco Harris and Byron Fisher's testimony.
The men offered different stories about what Brandon was wearing, the color of the gun, where the shooting occurred and what Brandon said before the shooting.
"The two star witnesses for the state, they have just built a web of lies. Misleading, not cooperating. Why? For what reason? Why are they not cooperating? What motive are we missing? Because there’s something more." - Sissel
"There are lots of unanswered questions in this case. And all we can rely on is witnesses the state have called that have been lying and misleading this whole entire trial; this whole entire investigation." - Sissel
Christiansen, during his rebuttal, says jurors are told to try to reconcile conflicts in testimony.
"Conflicting testimony is not automatically reasonable doubt." - Christiansen.
"Byron had no reason to lie. The defendant was Byron’s friend. Why would he cook up this accusation against Brandon Brown?" - Christiansen
"In this case, the facts compel, the law requires and justice demands your verdict of guilty." - Christiansen
Jury will begin deliberation now.
Yes. I'll post when a verdict has been reached.
Not very many - a few evidence photos, some autopsy photos, blood clothes and a few bullet fragments.
Jury is not in yet, but the courtroom is filling up.
Brown looks relaxed. That said, he hasn't shown any emotion throughout the trial.
If he's nervous, he's not showing it.
Guilty of first-degree murder.
There is a lot of crying now in the courtroom.
They are polling the jury.
Brown is showing no emotion whatsoever.
There are many deputies in the courtroom.