GTTF| Deliberations Underway
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Jurors in a federal racketeering trial of two Baltimore police officers Heard hours of jury instructions and closing arguments. Deliberations began Thursday afternoon.
The jury has more than 60 pages of instructions to consider the officers guilt or innocence detectives Daniel Personal and Marcus Taylor are two out of eight officers indicted back in March 2017.
Hersl and Taylor are the only two officers who didn't enter into plea deals with the government.
During assistant US attorney Derek Hines closing argument he told jurors I'd a 26-year-old Officer could stand up to a corrupt squad Sergeant certainly these veteran officers could have. Hines referencing the last government witness called to testify in the trial who details an event in which he was approached by then Sergeant Wayne Jenkins and Det Hersl and asked if he wanted to rib high-level drug dealers.
For the first time in two weeks jurors were were able to take a comprehensive look at the governments case during Hines' closing argument. Closings were expected to wrap up on Wednesday that didn't happen.
Instead the day ended with Detective Daniel Hersl's defense attorney William Purpura presenting his closing argument.
Purpura arguing his client may be guilty of theft but certainly not robbery or racketeering .
As Purpura left the courthouse Wednesday evening crime and Justice Reporter Joy Lepola had a chance to speak with him regarding the case and his thoughts on it.