Gary homicide case ends in mistrial

2013-08-27T09:42:00Z 2013-08-27T16:13:06Z Gary homicide case ends in mistrialTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 27, 2013 9:42 am  • 

CROWN POINT | A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Gary man who had been charged with committing murder last year.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez declared the mistrial late Monday after the jury came back deadlocked, court records show.

Jamal Lawshea, 26, pleaded not guilty to allegations he fatally shot Latarus Foster, 29, of Gary, Sept. 2, 2012, in the 3300 block of Maryland Street in Gary.

The 12-member jury heard testimony last week from witnesses who said the crime took place in the early morning hours after Lawshea had been bowling in Merrillville with a woman.

Deputy Prosecutor J. Michael Woods told jurors in closing arguments early Monday that Lawshea needed money before the crime and was seen by one female witness leaving the scene of the crime with a gun. Woods said, "Who else had the motive?"

Defense lawyer Thomas Vanes responded that none of the witnesses could say who shot Foster, the gun used in the killing wasn't recovered by police and there were no fingerprint or DNA evidence to link Lawshea to the crime either.

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