Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The fate of Joseph Ross-Jones is now in the hands of the jury in Broome County Court. He's charged with murder.
25-year-old Joseph Ross-Jones is accused of killing 27-year-old Joseph Martinez of the Bronx in October, 2011, in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad.
Prosecutors say Ross-Jones owed money to the wrong people, and the easiest way out of the situation would be to kill Martinez.
During the closing arguments, the defense pointed to the fact that Ross-Jones has no criminal record, saying he was simply mixed up in a bad situation. Instead, they shifted the blame to Ross-Jones' friend and second man accused in the case, Daniel Doherty.
Doherty admitted to slashing Martinez's throat which caused his death in a wooded area in the Town of Chenango. His testimony was part of a plea deal to reduce his charge to manslaughter. The defense said Doherty would do anything to reduce his sentence, including lie under oath.
The prosecution said it doesn't matter whether or not Ross-Jones had a criminal past, the facts of the case need to be looked at.
The District Attorney stressed the DNA evidence of Ross-Jones that was found on Martinez as proof that Ross-Jones had a huge hand in this brutal killing.
The jury deliberated for a little more than two hours before breaking. The panel will reconvene tomorrow at 10 a.m. We'll bring you the verdict as soon as it becomes available.