SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - A Schenectady jury continues their deliberations Thursday in the murder trial for 31-year-old James Wells accused of killing 15-year-old Schenectady High School basketball star Eddie Stanley.
The jury is on day four of deliberations after closing arguments wrapped up on Monday. Wells of Brooklyn is accused of shooting and killing Eddie Stanley on June 12, 2011 during a house party at 730 Bridge Street in Schenectady that both Stanley and Wells were attending.
Wells was arrested in Brooklyn one month after Stanley's death and faces charges of second-degree murder, four counts of Weapons Possession, three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Imprisonment and tampering with evidence.
An indictment against Wells stated that a disagreement sparked a shootout during the party during which Stanley was shot five times.
The indictment states Wells and several other men were accusing people at the party of stealing car keys which they had misplaced. Wells threatened to strip search the party-goers, and when Stanley objected to his friend being ordered to strip search Wells pulled out a handgun and fired "multiple shots at close range within the crowded interior stairwell, endangering the lives of young guests other than his intended target Eddie Stanley."
Wells has maintained that he did not kill Stanley. Wells lawyer, Cheryl Coleman said she was feeling positive Thursday that a verdict had yet to be reached.
"There was testimony from a lot of other witnesses that there was another person that had a gun. We told the jury who that was and that that was the murder weapon. I think that if the jury had wanted to credit the prosecutions witnesses without question they'd had been back by now," said Coleman.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., the jury asked the judge if they could go home -- many looked very tired and frustrated. The prosecution asked if they could stay -- if they felt they could -- but the jury did not want to, and the judge granted that. They will be back Friday morning.
Wells faces 25 years to life if convicted on the murder charge.
The trial in Schenectady County Court started February 7, 2013.
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