Deliberations to enter second day in murder trial

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The jury has been sent home after the first day of deliberations to decide the guilt or innocence of Jordan Harris and Ezekial James, charged in the armed robbery, shooting, and subsequent death two months later of former Lee County Commissioner and Albany business owner Walter Phelps in 2010.

After deliberations began, the jury was called back into the courtroom after a request was made to watch the surveillance video from the Polo Store that Harris and James were seen shopping in after the robbery.

The jurors had been deliberating for more than an hour when they were called back into the courtroom Thursday morning. They have more than 200 pieces of evidence available to examine.

Jurors later listened again to an interview that investigators conducted with Walter Phelps when he was in the hospital. They originally heard the interview during the trial.


Phelps was shot in the back at his hardware store, P&P, in July 2010. Prosecutors said Jordan was the triggerman and James was his accomplice who drove the getaway car. They also allege that the two went on a shopping spree after they robbed Phelps of his credit card. Phelps died four weeks later at the age of 67.

GBI medical examiner Maryanne Kraft said she was confident in her findings, saying the "cause of death was pulmonary embolism, due to a complication of the gunshot wound to the torso."

Neither Harris or James took the stand in the duration of the trial.

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