Closing arguments set to begin in trial for gang members accused of killing Cpt. Kevin Quick

Posted at 8:25 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-21 23:51:23-05

ROANOKE, Va. -- Closing arguments in the Kevin Quick murder trial are set to begin in Roanoke Monday. Quick, a reserve police captain from Waynesboro, was abducted and found shot to death in Goochland County in 2014.

The Roanoke trial is a retrial for six reputed gang members accused of murdering the police captain. A Charlottesville judge ordered the trial be moved to Roanoke after one of the suspects got a list of the jurors during their original trial in May of 2015.

During the closing arguments attorneys on both sides try to paint a final picture for jurors.

“That’s the one opportunity that lawyers have to take all these pieces of evidence in a complex case and put them together in a cohesive picture so the jury can understand it," said CBS 6 legal expert Todd Stone.

The six alleged members of 99 Goon syndicate, a branch of the Bloods street gang are charged in the case.

Kevin Quick murder suspects

Kevin Quick murder suspects

Prosecutors say four of the six abducted and murdered Quick in 2014, the other two men were ring leaders.

During the trial, prosecutors called more than two dozen witnesses and presented more than 400 pieces of evidence over several weeks.

“They have almost unlimited resources to put into a case like this. They turn over every rock and find cell phone records and text records and so forth," said Stone.

On the other hand, the defense attorneys for each of the suspects only called seven people to the stand over two days.

That may sound strange, but Stone says it's not uncommon in a case like this.

"The government has the burden of proof, and the defendant doesn't have to say a word,” said Stone. “He has a constitutional right to remain silent and argue that the government did not prove their case."

After closing arguments Monday, the jury is expected to get the case to decide on a verdict for the suspects.



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