Harrison Co. jury to resume capital murder deliberations Friday

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Harrison County jury has yet to decide whether a Gulfport man is guilty of two counts of capital murder. After five hours of deliberation, the sequestered jury was dismissed for the night to start again Friday morning.

Twenty-year-old Larry Minter faces two counts of capital murder for allegedly shooting Harold "Bucky" Levron and Christina Suber during a burglary at the couple's Gulfport home in 2006.

During closing arguments defense lawyers focused heavily on the credibility of two state witnesses, Lazairian Murphy and Junior Green, both of whom have pleaded guilty to taking part in the crime.

Murphy is serving 40 years for two counts of manslaughter while Green is serving life in prison on two murder charges.

At one point during Green's testimony on Wednesday, Green said he was lying while in the witness box.

Minter's attorney Charlie Stewart told the jury, Green's words were untruthful.

"The state wants you to believe Mr. Junior Green's testimony is credible and truthful. I don't believe, not one person who saw his testimony, could give his testimony more than that much weight. He's a liar. He's a murderer. He's a thug."

Assistant District Attorney John Gargiulo said whether or not Murphy and Green were likeable did not change the facts of the case, and testimony showed Minter as the triggerman.

"Ladies and gentlemen, there's only one person in this courtroom who actually killed these two people. One person. And he's sitting at that table right there."

Prosecutors also pointed out that both Levron and Suber were shot with the same gun, Levron's gun, which was later recovered by police from Turkey Creek based on the confessions of some of the suspects.

Larry Minter is also charged with the sexual battery of Christina Suber and with the robbery of Bucky Levron's truck.

Danielle Thomas will has the latest on this trial when it resumes Friday morning.