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Closing arguments expected Thursday in Brusly High football player murder trial

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PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The state and defense rested its case in the trial of a man accused of killing a Brusly high school football player Wednesday.  


Closing arguments will take place Thursday morning.  

Marcus Richardson is facing a charge of second-degree murder for the May 2012 shooting death of Justin Warner, 18. 

Prosecutor Tony Clayton introduced a video of Richardson confessing to shooting Warner. However, defense attorney Tommy Damico insists that it was done out of self-defense. 

Several men also testified that they saw Richardson shoot Warner. 

One witness described the victim as his friend. He recounted their last night together. 

"I heard a gunshot" he said. "I started off running. I thought Justin was running with me, but I guess he wasn't."

The deadly shooting happened on Mother’s Day in 2012 at the LA 1 Truck Plaza in Port Allen.

A 12-person jury was seated Tuesday and heard the opening statements from both the defense and prosecution. The trial expected to wrap up this week.

Judge Robin Free is presiding over the trial. 

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