Update: The jury, after 55 minutes, has returned guilty verdicts.
A Pottawatomie County jury is deliberating a verdict this afternoon in the trial for a man accused in the death of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney.
Closing arguments were held in Pottawatomie County District Court this afternoon and the jury began deliberations just before 2 p.m.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case against the defendant, Byron James Shepard, 38.
Officer Terney, 22, died March 27, 2017 from gunshot wounds he suffered in an alleged shootout with Shepard, a passenger in a vehicle who allegedly fled from him during a traffic stop.
Terney’s dash cam video, which was part of the evidence in this trial, captured the traffic stop before Shepard allegedly ran, then recorded audio of the events and gunshots in the nearby treeline.
Shepard is accused of causing the death of Officer Terney by inflicting mortal wounds when firing a Springfield XD semi-automatic 9 mm pistol into the abdomen and leg of the officer.
Shepard also faces charges of knowingly concealing stolen property relating to the stolen firearm used in the homicide, along with a charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine, the case file shows.
Because of the previous district attorney's recusal for this 2017 case, Cleveland County prosecutors are representing the state at this trial.
Watch for updates.