SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Closing arguments have ended in the Barksdale airman murder trial. The jury is expected to deliberate until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Prosecutors finished their closing arguments around 3:00 p.m. The court took a short recess before the defense presents their closing arguments to the jury.
Prior to closing arguments, jury members were instructed on the law for murder and lesser included offenses (including voluntary homicide, aggravated assault, and self defense.) They will get one more set of instructions after closing arguments regarding how to proceed.
Defense attorneys A1C Edwards rested their case Tuesday morning after forensic experts testified about blood splatter and fingerprints found on a phone, table, sink and stair rail.
Edwards, 20, is accused of stabbing his roommate, Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale, to death inside their quarters while on deployment last March at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He testified Monday afternoon alleging self-defense.
After the defense council rested their case, prosecutors presented two rebuttal character witnesses who testified attacking Edwards truthfulness as a person. Three witnesses then took the stand describing A1C Hale as a peaceful person, one of those witnesses being Hale’s mother and another, his aunt.
Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as Electronic Warfare Journeymen.