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Defense Rests In Pittston Homicide Trial

October 5, 2018

The defense has rested in the homicide trial of Stephen Jamal Spencer.

Closing arguments are set to begin in the racially charged case.

Jurors will be asked to decide whether Spencer, 31, of Pittston, committed murder or acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Christopher Williams, 32, outside Saints and Sinners Irish Pub on Center Street in July 2017.

Race has been a significant issue for the jury to consider as authorities say the shooting took place after Williams’ cousin, a white man, refused to shake Spencer’s hand because he is black.

Spencer claims a group of men, who hurled racial epithets at him, attacked his friend and were poised to attack him when he fired one shot at Williams.

Prosecutors say Spencer did not have to fire his gun.

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