Murder case of Precious Alex now in the hands of jurors

 (Left to Right) Lammar Burney and Jamal Townsend
(Left to Right) Lammar Burney and Jamal Townsend (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 5, 2017 at 6:21 PM AKDT
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It's a murder case that's now being handed over to the jury to decide whether or not to convict two men accused in connection to a 15 year-old's shooting death.

The state and defense attorneys presented closing arguments on Thursday.

Jamal Townsend and Lammar Burney are facing murder charges following the 2014 shooting of Precious Alex.

Alex was fatally shot while she was asleep in her bed in the Mountain View area of town.

Townsend and Burney are each facing charges of first and second degree murder.

Burney is also facing an assault charge, while Townsend is also looking at a misconduct of weapons charge.

Assistant District Attorney James Klugman told jurors both men were guilty for Alex's death and lied about the case.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I put it to you that Lammar Burney lied, same as Jamal Townsend did because he knew he was guilty," Klugman said.

Craig Howard, an attorney representing Jamal Townsend, told the court his client was not the shooter.

"I spent a lot of time and effort to prove that he was not the shooter and that should at least be an acquittal on that part, that he wasn't the shooter," Howard said.

Joseph Van de Mark, who is representing Lammar Burney, argued the state did not prove his client was guilty.

"If you give Lammar Burney the benefit of any and all reasonable doubt, you will find him not guilty," Van de Mark said.

Jury deliberations are expected to continue through Friday and possibly into next week.