Jury deliberates in Grover Lyons murder trial

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The jury is deliberating to determine the fate of a man accused in an Erie homicide.

The jury broke to deliberate shortly after 10 this morning, so right now, it’s just a waiting game for the family of the defendant and the victim.  Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday at around 5:15 for the homicide trial of Grover Lyons. 

Lyons is charged with the shooting death of 28-year-old Darrin Germany, the crime happening on New Year’s Eve of 2016 outside of Bogey’s Tavern in Erie.

The prosecution is asking the jury to consider all homicide charges with first-degree murder on the table.  But, the defense says the defendant is not guilty of any of the charges.  Lyons’ attorney saying he fired his weapon out of self-defense after the victim shot in his direction first. 

Lyons is also disputing the claims that he fled town after being charged.  He says Detroit is his home and he left Erie after receiving death threats. 

Closing arguments wrapped up with Assistant DA Erin Connelly telling the jury we cannot write off a gun war on our streets as self-defense. 

We’ll be at the courthouse all day and will keep you posted with information as it comes to us.

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