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Closing arguments expected in Jefferson City murder trial

Cole County prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to deliver closing arguments later today in a murder trial involving a suspect who was 16 at the time of the 2018 homicide.

Jahaun Whirley is charged with first degree murder and several other felonies for the robbery and murder of Justin Kammerich, near Atchison and Broadway in Jefferson City. Prosecutors say a second victim was shot three times, but survived.

Kammerich, a Blair Oaks graduate, worked as a corrections officer at the Missouri Department of Corrections. The 33-year-old had a wife and six children.

Defense attorneys say Whirley is innocent. Our news partner ABC-17 quotes defense attorneys as telling jurors that Whirley went to school and worked at Burger King on Christy drive that evening.

Prosecutors say Whirley’s DNA was found on the weapon.

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