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Rickey Stanley case now in the hands of the jury


GRAYSON COUNTY -- The jury went into deliberations for forty minutes Thursday after hearing emotional closing arguments in the trail of a man accused of killing a Grayson County deputy.

The trial for Rickey Stanley began Monday. Stanley is accused of running into Grayson County Deputy Chad Key with a pick-up truck on the night of April 20, 2013. Key later died as a result of his injuries.

Thursday, a chemist for the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed Stanley's blood alcohol content the night of the accident was .18, more than twice the legal limit.

Prosecutors rested their case by mid-morning. The defense called one witness to the stand Thursday -- a private investigator -- who testified that a lack of reflective gear and cones could have reduced visibility of oncoming drivers, preventing them from seeing Deputy Key.

The PI said he reconstructed the scene and concluded Stanley was driving between 38-40 miles per hour when he made impact with Deputy Key. The defense said that shows Stanley did what any driver should do when approaching a scene involving law enforcement: move over and slow down. During closing arguments, the defense maintained, "Alcohol wasn't the only reason this happened."

The prosecution discounted all of that during closing arguments by reminding jurors that Stanley was "drunk" when the accident happened.

Prosecutors asked the jury to return a guilty verdict for murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

Deliberations resume Friday at 8am.

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