A Cole County jury listened to closing arguments on Friday in Jahaun Whirley’s trial, then deliberated for five hours before adjourning Friday night. They’re resuming deliberations this morning at the Cole County Courthouse.
Whirley, who was 16 at the time of the 2018 incident, is charged with first degree murder for the robbery and killing of Justin Kammerich, who had a wife and six children. Kammerich was a corrections officer for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Prosecutors say a second victim was shot three times, but survived.
Defense attorneys say Whirley is innocent, and that he went to school and worked at Burger King that evening. Prosecutors say Whirley’s DNA was found on the weapon.
Cole County Judge Jon Edward Beetem is presiding over the trial.