After a week of heart-wrenching testimony, Miami-Dade jurors Tuesday deliberated the fates of two defendants in the gang-related slayings of a 10-month-old baby and a 27-year-old man before retiring for the night.
Jimmie L. Bowen, the alleged shooter, and Bernard M. Jones, the alleged driver of the getaway car, face two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Pierre Roche and baby Derrick Days Jr. They are also charged with two counts of attempted murder in the shootings of Christopher Smith and Derrick Days Sr., the dead child’s father.
Prosecutor Patricia Leiber described the December 2008 shootings as part of a turf war between the “New Moneii” gang and rivals over who could sell drugs in the Brownsville projects known as “The Rockies.” Citing the testimony of fellow gang member Terrance Yarborough, Leiber said that killing Roche would bring the defendants more “money, drugs, girls, and more access to power” within the ranks of the gang.
In his closing statement, Bowen’s defense attorney Richard Martinez proposed that Yarborough, who was arrested four days after the killings for an unrelated robbery, could have been the one who killed Roche and baby Derrick. The only evidence implicating Bowen, he said, was a police video with unclear audio and Yarborough’s own testimony, which was offered in exchange for a plea deal on the robbery charge.
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The jury will continue its deliberations Wednesday.