Attorneys on both sides have rested in the murder trial against 19-year-old Husaun Stinnie. Jurors in Charlottesville Circuit Court will likely begin deliberations Friday morning.
Stinnie is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a felony. He is accused of fatally shooting 45-year-old Shawn Evan "Lucky" Davis after the two men got into a confrontation in a parking lot on South First Street on September 11, 2017.
The commonwealth called a total of 11 witnesses to testify before resting its case at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
Defense attorney Buddy Weber chose to not call anyone to the stand, or present evidence to the court. The defense rested its case at 3:17 p.m.
Testimony Thursday included a police officer and a forensic scientist. Both witnesses say the bullets and bullet wounds from the incident match the revolver Stinnie used that night.
The forensic scientist told the court that matching bullets to guns is not always an exact science. However, she believes the bullet found in Davis' chest matches to Stinnie's gun.
Stinnie had previously told authorities that he did shoot Davis. The defendant said he found Davis beating his sister and confronted him.
The commonwealth told the jury Stinnie fired a small-caliber revolver five times, hitting the Brooklyn-area man in the arm and chest, and then fled the scene before police arrived. The gun was later found near the train tracks close to the Shell gas station on Preston Avenue.
Weber argued his client acted in self-defense. Stinnie claims he was trying to protect his sister, who was dating Davis at the time.
Davis had been transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead. He was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
Stinnie was taken into custody without incident by the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office on September 24, 2017.
The jury trial began on Tuesday, July 3 and is scheduled to conclude sometime Friday, July 6.
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