Deliberation leads to guilty verdict for Justin Love

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A second defendant has been found guilty for the 2015 murder of Domanic Thrasher.

The jury went out about 10:30 a.m. Thursday and spent about two hours deliberating before returning their guilty verdict for Love after the prosecutor and public defender gave their closing arguments. 

The punishment phase then began with Thrasher’s mother, Tamika Thrasher taking the stand.

She talked about how great a person Domanic was and said she remembers him telling her he was proud of her because she enrolled in school.

During their deliberation, the jury came out and asked Judge Robert Brotherton what constitutes engaging in organized in criminal activity then returned their verdict 15 minutes later.

Love’s actual charge is engaging in organized criminal activity, murder.

Before they began deliberating, Love’s appointed attorney James Rasmussen told them Love did not murder Thrasher.

The fatal shots were fired by co-defendant Blayne Brooks who is now serving a 60 year prison sentence.

Rasmussen said Love did not yell at Brooks to shoot Thrasher as third co-defendant Whitney O’Brien testified in both Love’s and Brooks’ trials. He said Love may be guilty of running a drug distribution business but not of murder.

Prosecutor Kyle Lessor said O’Brien was cooperative in both murder trials, and he also pointed out

Love’s involvement in the coverup after the shooting and that he tried to get witnesses to avoid their subpoenas and not give statements to police and that Love fled to Colorado right after the shooting. 

Lessor also said Love’s statements on what happened were inconsistent with facts and evidence.

The punishment phase will continue on Monday at 9 a.m. in the 30th District Court. Unlike Blayne Brooks, Justin Love took the stand in his own defense.

The third defendant, Whitney O’Brien has not gone to trial or agreed to a plea bargain.

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