Jury deliberation continues in David Locey murder trial

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-11 17:32:49-04

CENTREVILLE, Mich. – Friday morning the 12-person jury continued deliberation in the murder trial of well-known Sturgis accountant David Locey. Andy Brown is accused of fatally shooting his boss, Locey, and charged with first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm.

Brown is accused of shooting and killing Locey on October 2, 2013 at Locey’s Sherman Township office, where Brown worked.

Friday marks the first full day of jury deliberation during the eighth day of trial in St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Jurors were sent to deliberate shortly after noon on Thursday.

During closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor John McDonough said Brown knew his career was coming to an end after multiple client claims of embezzlement; he called Brown “desperate.”

Defense Attorney Michael Hills rebutted with his closing argument, and said if Brown had nothing to hide he would not have willingly gone with Detective Sergeant Lonnie Palmer to the Sheriff’s Department directly from the crime scene.

Poignant evidence in this trial was gunshot residue on some of Brown’s clothing; cell phone tower location of Brown’s cell phone; no DNA or blood on anything; and no gun ever found.

Judge Paul Stutesman dismissed the jury just before 5 P.M. Friday. Jury deliberation in the trial will resume 8 a.m. Monday.