FAIRFIELD — Jurors began deliberations Wednesday in the murder trial of a woman accused of joining several others in the beating of a man at a Fairfield home before he was driven to Vallejo, where he was shot in the back of the head and killed.
Tina Odom punched Keith E. Osby Jr. several times on the night of May 12, 2011, her defense attorney Robin Keeney told jurors in closing arguments. But hitting Osby does not add up to murder or torture, the two charges prosecutors filed against Odom and six others who were at the San Andreas Street home where Osby was lured to before he was attacked.
Keeney reminded jurors that his client testified that she had no idea that Osby was going to be killed and that she had only hit Osby because she was afraid he was going to hit her mom.
In April, after a monthlong jury trial, Odom’s mother, Ryan Odom, was convicted of murder and torture charges. Testimony in both trials described the attack and execution of Osby as revenge for his possibly having stolen a laptop computer and a Sony PlayStation from the home weeks earlier.
Prosecutor Robert Hightower told jurors in his closing argument that Tina Odom had the added motivation of revenge on Osby, her ex-boyfriend, because he repeatedly tried to get her to become a prostitute for him.
Odom’s subsequent boyfriend, Damarcus Armstrong, is scheduled to start his jury trial later this month on murder and torture charges. Witnesses at both trial have said Armstrong was the shooter.
Jurors are scheduled to resume their deliberations Thursday morning.
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