Jury set to begin deliberations in Lake Lowell murder

Jury set to begin deliberations in Lake Lowell murder

Jury set to begin deliberations in Lake Lowell murder

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 7:39 AM

NAMPA -- A Canyon County jury is poised to begin deliberations in the case of a Nampa man accused in the shooting death of another man last year.

Defense lawyers for 33-year-old Gregory Higgins Jr., rested their case Tuesday, setting the stage for final arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial.

Prosecutors allege Higgins and two other men lured 27-year-old James Groat to Lake Lowell last August for a drug deal. Investigators believe Higgins and the two men gave Groat a shovel, told him to dig his own grave and then shot him five times.

Investigators say the shooting unfolded after Higgins mistakenly accused Groat of being a police informant.

A jury of 10 women and four men has been taking testimony since the trial began July 10.

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