Jury Deliberating In Murder Trial of Kenney Peele

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 1, 2007 at 7:24 PM EDT

In August of 2006, 34 year old Christopher Smith of Endicott was standing here Clinton Street in Binghamton.

Witnesses said a dark colored SUV drove up with two people inside.

Smith was shot, and died.

Investigators say a few months later, one suspect, Kenney Peele, turned himself in to Binghamton police.

Peele's on trial for 2nd degree murder.

The defense gave final arguments first in Broome County Court.

It aimed at discrediting the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses.

Many of had arrest records, and the defense says they were given plea deals to testify against Peele.

The defense said no one actually saw a gun in Peele's hand, even the people who were close by when Smith was shot.

The Prosecution began by saying it was Peele who picked the witnesses when he killed Smith.

Some testified they saw something concealed in Peele's pants.

The prosecution focused on motive, saying quote "As stupid as it sounds it was disrespect during game of dice."

Police have said an argument over dice game is what led to Smith's murder.

The prosecution concluded by talking about Peele's actions the day of the shooting.

A short time later, Peele left Broome County and did not return for months.

Prosecutors argue that's because he knew police were after him.

Action News is at the Broome County court house.

We'll bring you the verdict when it's announced.

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