Still no verdict in Gamez trial in Durham

jwise@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2013 

— Jurors in the Gabriel James Gamez murder trail finished their second day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

Twice during the day they returned to the courtroom with questions for Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner.

The first time, they asked to have Gamez’s testimony and that of Capt. Rickey Padgett of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office read back to them. Gessner refused, saying that the jurors “have the ultimate responsibility to remember all the evidence in the case.”

Later, they asked whether a distinction was intended between “attempted murder” and “attempted first-degree murder,” because one term was used in the jury instructions and the other on their verdict forms.

“No there is not,” Gessner said and amended the verdict forms “to make sure there is no confusion.”

Gamez, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of 18-year-old Darrell Turner Jr. who was spending a night in Durham with fellow members of a Pennsylvania high-school football team.

Gamez, who was in Durham for a family funeral at the time, also faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the wounding of Turner’s teammate Thomas Woodson and firing a .40-caliber handgun at other team members after an argument in a parking lot off McFarland Drive.

The trial resumes at 9:30 Thursday.

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