Jury breaks for deliberations in Prince murder trial

Friday, September 19, 2008 | 2:04 p.m. CDT; updated 2:47 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 11, 2008

COLUMBIA — Attorneys for the state and defense finished closing arguments at 1 p.m. Friday in the murder trial of Kristopher Prince, who is accused in the April 2007 shooting death of a Columbia teen.

The Boone County jury will now deliberate on the crimes with which Prince, 19, is charged, including second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Before the jury was excused for deliberations, Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane read aloud instructions on possible variations on the charges Prince faces. For example, the jury could potentially find Prince guilty of first- or second-degree manslaughter instead of murder. They could also consider the shooting lawful because Prince was acting in self-defense of another person, Crane explained.

On April 18, 2007, 17-year-old Tedarrian Robinson was shot and killed while riding in the passenger seat of a car near the intersection of Grindstone Parkway and Bearfield Road. The prosecution argued that Prince fired an assault rifle four to six times from another vehicle, driven by his now-22-year-old cousin, Lorenzo Ladiner.

"Now is the time and this is the place to send the message that this conduct absolutely will not be tolerated," Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight told the jury in his closing argument.

The defense claims that Prince was actually the driver of the car and Ladiner was the one firing out the window. In his closing argument, Prince's attorney, Michael Byrne, called Ladiner "an insidious liar," and said that the evidence points to Ladiner as the shooter.

Check back later for updates on the trial.


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