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Jury to hear summations in murder case today

ALBANY, Ga. -- Attorneys in Dominic Lamar King's shooting death case plan to sum up today starting about 9 a.m. in the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building.

Tavaress Sinqunce Jackson, 22, and Kendrick Lewis Sanders and Lekisha Rhonecia White, both 19, have been on trial since Sept. 20, charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder stemming from the Jan. 14 killing of King, 24, at 1910 Meadow Drive.

The defendants face a minimum of 30 years each in prison if found guilty in the killing. Prosecutors have said they are seeking sentences of life in prison with no chance of parole for the trio.

The jury will have a few days to let the summations simmer in their minds before they begin deliberations.

"After summations, I'll excuse you until Monday," Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette told the jury Tuesday. "Then I will instruct you on the law in this case."

Lockette plans to attend a public defenders legal conference starting Thursday in Albany, he said. He advised the members of the jury to refrain from discussing or reading news reports of the case even among themselves until they he instructs them on the law and they begin deliberations as a jury.

Eugene Derrick Bell, the man who confessed on Sept. 20 to shooting King in the back with a 9mm handgun, was sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole. The size of the exit wound in King's chest led to first reports stating he was shot in the chest.

Attorneys James Finkelstein for Jackson, Sandra Satchell representing Jackson and Ingrid Driskell for White will have two hours each to sum up the defense for their respective clients.

Although two assistant district attorneys, Matthew Breedon and Heather Lanier, made the case for the prosecution, they are restricted to two hours for their summation.

In opening statements on Sept. 23, Breedon painted a picture of a love triangle that led to the death of King. White was involved with King and a woman, Debra Mulkey, at the same time, he said.

In the midst of continued arguing with King about her involvement with Mulkey, White conspired with Bell, Sanders and Jackson to kill King, Breedon said.

In his case opening, Finkelstein said that when King arrived at White's residence on Jan. 14 for what would be his last argument, he was carrying a gun. King was looking for trouble and was manhandling Mulkey when the men arrived at White's residence, Finkelstein said.

Finkelstein said Bell didn't think, but shot King in the back to protect White and Mulkey.