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Both sides rest in murder trial

Aaron Taylor (Source, EBRSO) Aaron Taylor (Source, EBRSO)
Mohammad Collins has since been convicted of the murder and sentenced to life Mohammad Collins has since been convicted of the murder and sentenced to life
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The prosecution rested late Wednesday in the second degree murder trial of Aaron Taylor.

Taylor is accused of participating in a crime in which Jonathan Calvert was murdered. The state says Calvert and a number of friends were at 1232 Aster St. near the LSU campus the night of May 4th, 2011 when Aaron Taylor and his friend Mohammad Collins came by. Prosecutors contend Collins and Taylor entered the yard with Collins pulling a pistol. Taylor then entered a motor home which was on the premises where the victim was and got into a scuffle with him. Collins came to Taylor's aid and shot Calvert.

Collins has since been convicted of the murder and sentenced to life. Taylor did not pull the trigger but he was along with Collins when the murder occurred.

"If you're along with them and you have the intent and know what's going on and participate in some kind of crime and you're with them your just as guilty," says Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney.

Defense attorney Bruce Craft says Aaron was there but he does not deserve to spend the rest of his life in prison because he did not kill anyone.

"I am not calling any witnesses and we also rested," says Craft.

So tomorrow both sides will give closing arguments and District Court Judge Don Johnson will instruct the jury. If convicted Taylor could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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