Murder trial, take two

Brandon Chase is back in a Cole County courtroom, three months after a different jury failed to reach a verdict. Public defender Jan King acknowledged that his client had larceny in mind on the night of april 21st, 2012...but not directed at the man who ended up the victim of a fatal shooting.

Prosecutor Mark Richardson says Chase planned the robbery that lead to the death of Keith Moseley at a public housing apartment on Buena Vista. Even though Chase had no gun that night, Richardson wants the jury to convict him of felony murder, because the death occurred during a felony theft crime.

King has told jurors that Chase planned a drug deal with a different man, Brent Slaughter, and in fact might have discussed ripping Slaughter off. King contends that Moseley showed up unexpected to chase, who wanted no part of any encounter with a man King compared to tv mobster Tony Soprano.

The defense contends co-defendant Khiry Summers threatened Moseley with a gun after donning a mask and following Chase to the apartment. Summers refused a plea deal and will go to trial later. Co-defendant Tracy Session, who has already pleaded guilty, killed Moseley with a single shot.

Judge Dan Green was concerned that the publicity from this trial could affect the Summers trial. He ordered that cameras be removed from the courtroom this morning before the actual proceedings got underway.

In March, the jury hung up after two days of court proceedings. Judge Green has cleared the schedule for this trial through the end of the week.