UPDATE — 11:09 a.m.
The jury found Albert Leslie Love Jr., 26, of Waco, guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Tyus Sneed and Keenan Hubert.
The judge has recessed the jury until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when punishment phase will begin.
A Georgetown jury is deliberating the Albert Leslie Love Jr. capital murder case Tuesday morning after prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their closing summations.
Before the jury went out just before 10 a.m., prosecutor Michael Jarrett called Love a cold-blooded assassin who kills without mercy or remorse.
“Your evil is over,” Jarrett said. “It’s time to be held accountable, Gangsta. You’re done.”
Testimony in the case wrapped up Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors allege Love fired an AK-47-style assault rifle during a March 2011 ambush with other men on a car parked at Waco’s Lakewood Villas apartment complex. Tyus Sneed, 17, and Keenan Hubert, 20, were killed in the assault.
Love, 26, did not testify and his attorneys, John Donahue and Jon Evans, called no witnesses.
Love faces the death penalty if convicted. His trial was moved to Georgetown due to the publicity that surrounded the 2012 trial of one of Love’s co-defendants, Rickey Cummings. Cummings was sentenced to death in Waco.
Prosecutors believe the murders were committed in an atmosphere of hatred and revenge for the April 2010 death of Love’s friend, Emuel Bowers III.
Prosecutor Greg Davis told the jury that text messages Love sent after the murders show he is guilty. They amount to him saying “mission accomplished,” he said.
Love attorney Jon Evans pointed out that the jury heard more about Rickey Cummings and Bowers than Love in the first four days of trial.
He said the state did not put Love at the murder scene with a gun in his hand, that the state has not met its burden and Love must be acquitted.
There are eight people sitting on the victims’ side of the audience and no one sitting on the side designated for Love’s family.
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