Jury Deliberates: Minter Murder Trial

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - UPDATE: A jury in Gulfport is now deliberating the fate 20-year-old Larry Minter who is accused of killing two people in 2006. Minter is charged with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Harold "Bucky" Levron, 54, and old Christina Suber, 38, who were killed in their Gulfport home.

Three others are charged in the case, two of them, Junior Green and Lazairian Murphy,  testified against Minter.

In closing arguements, Minter's defense attorney Charlie Stewart told the jury that Junior Green's testimony wasn't credible, calling Green a "murderer, liar and a thug."

Assistant District Attorney John Gargiulo told the jury to remember, "Crimes conceived in Hell don't have angels as witnesses.

"Three men signed up for a burglary, one made it a capital murder. That was Larry Minter."

The case went to the jury at 12:20pm


Several witnesses took the stand on Wednesday including a fingerprint expert from the state crime lab who said he matched prints found at the crime scene to Larry Minter.  A forensic pathologist testified that Suber's wrists and ankles were bound with duct tape and also said duct tape had been wrapped around her face. The pathologist said she had been sexually assaulted and died from a gun shot to the back of the head.

The most compelling testimony came from two former friends of Minter who said they were with Minter when the murders were committed.

In August, 20-year-old Junior Cleveland Green pleaded to two counts of murder and received life in prison.

Then in October, Lazairian Murphy, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Both agreed to testify as part of their plea deals.

Murphy testified that he, Green and Minter were three of four people who broke into the couple's home looking for a safe. Darryl Simmons was the fourth burglar is also charged with two counts of capital murder. His trial is set for a later date.

Murphy said Levron walked in unexpectedly and the burglars grabbed and beat him with a baseball bat.

Murphy also said Minter took a gun Levron had on him. Junior Green testified he saw Minter shoot Levron.

In cross examination, in regards to who had sexually assaulted Christina Suber, Green contradicted himself on the stand.

A defense attorney challenged Green on this point asking, "Were you lying then, or are you lying now? "

Green said defiantly, "I'm lying right now."

Both Murphy and Green said Christina Suber walked in the house minutes after Levron. Murphy testified Suber pleaded for her life and was taken to a back room.

Murphy also said when he, Green and Darryl Simmons walked outside, Suber was alive. Then they heard a gun shot from within the house.

The prosecutor asked, "And who was the only person still in the house at that time?"

"Larry Minter," answered Murphy.

Minter chose not to take the stand. Closing arguments are expected start Thursday morning.