Wake County jury to continue deliberations in Oakwood home invasion trial

ablythe@newsobserver.comMarch 27, 2014 

— A Wake County jury will continue deliberations Friday in the case of the 27-year-old man accused of taking part in a violent home invasion that left a man in the Oakwood neighborhood paralyzed and his wife a victim of sexual assault.

The seven men and five women on the jury began their deliberations Thursday afternoon after hearing closing arguments that morning.

Jahaad Marshall surprised his defense attorney Wednesday when he insisted on testifying in his own defense.

The move prompted Deonte Thomas, the Raleigh lawyer representing Marshall, to ask the judge to be removed from the case and to raise the possibility out of the jury’s earshot that his client might be committing perjury on the stand.

Judge Henry Hight denied Thomas’ request, saying that every defendant had a right to the best defense possible.

Marshall testified that he drove the getaway car for the Oakwood home invasion, transporting his younger brother who already has pleaded guilty to a string of charges related to the invasion, and a second mysterious conspirator, known to Marshall only as B.J. or Brian.

Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger argued that Marshall fabricated B.J., based in part on a nickname he often went by – “BlackJack.”

Marshall faces more than two dozen charges – including attempted first-degree murder, attempted rape and sexual assault.

Blythe: 919-836-4948; Twitter: @AnneBlythe1

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