Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2011

Trial in murder of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony ‘Clacc’ Vital continues

March 10, 2011

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Prosecutors Thursday in a Douglas County murder trial continued to present witnesses to try to corroborate earlier testimony that Durrell Jones, 26, of Kansas City, Kan., shot and killed a former Lawrence hip-hop artist in October 2006.

Jones’ co-defendant Major Edwards — who has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the death of Anthony “Clacc” Vital — has testified that Jones shot Vital on Oct. 14, 2006, to collect on a drug debt. But defense attorney John Kerns has contended Edwards, 31, killed Vital and tried to pin the murder on Jones in exchange for a lesser sentence.

Coroner Erik Mitchell said Thursday that Vital died after being shot three times. Douglas County Sheriff’s Detective Dean Ohman testified cell phone records from that night are consistent with the time frame of when Edwards said Jones pulled a gun on Edwards and Vital in a car that Edwards drove west of Lawrence before Jones shot Vital.

Prosecutors have told jurors that they can tie Jones to the murder weapon — a 9mm pistol — and that items left near Vital’s body included DNA evidence from both Edwards and Jones.

The trial will continue at 9 a.m. Friday.

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