Jury begins deliberations in Domino's murder trial

August 16, 2012 4:19:58 AM PDT
A Wake County jury will soon decide whether a man accused in the Domino's Pizza murder trial will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Attorneys in the case presented closing arguments Wednesday, after the defense team decided not to present any evidence.

In the two-week trial of Travis Sherman, many witnesses who testified against him either had criminal records or credibility issues, or both. Now defense attorneys will have to rely on their tough cross-examinations of those witnesses to represent their side of the story.

Tuesday a prosecutor told jurors that despite those issues, all evidence points to Travis Sherman as the man who went in the back door of the Domino's Pizza in Knightdale on the night of Jan. 8, 2010. Inside the store, manager Kenny Ring was counting money at closing time.

Ring was robbed and beaten with what investigators believe was a metal baseball bat. Investigators also believe Sherman went inside the store by himself and committed the murder.

"Travis Sherman is in fact guilty of first-degree murder in the perpetration of a felony.  The credible evidence indeed shows that Travis Sherman alone entered the Domino's and fatally assaulted and robbed Kenny Ring," prosecutor Doug Faucette said.  

The prosecutor also argued that even if Sherman was only the lookout, like he told police, he is still responsible for the murder under North Carolina law.

As he did throughout the trial, Sherman's attorney told jurors it was a shoddy investigation filled with self-interested witnesses.

"This case is all about inept police work, bad investigation, interested witnesses, and distorted evidence," Sherman's Attorney Dan Dolan said.  

Jurors received instructions on the law from the judge and began deliberations Wednesday afternoon. They chose to come back and continue deliberating Thursday morning.

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