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Closing arguments in Pulaski rape case today

After hearing three days of testimony, a jury will return to Pulaski County Circuit Court this morning to hear closing arguments and decide the fate of a Pulaski man charged with rape.
Jeffrey (also spelled Jeffrie in some court records) Lamont Meadows is on trial in connection with a rape in the Veterans Hill Road area of the county May 31. In addition to rape, Meadows also is charged with sodomy and object penetration.
A co-defendant in the case, Ernest Efrain Garcia of Pulaski, pleaded guilty to rape Nov. 13. He is to be sentenced April 9 after completion of a background report.
According to court records, Meadows will be tried March 18 on a charge of conspiring to impede or intimidate a witness in the case.
The accuser, whose identity is being withheld due to the nature of the case, alleges she was walking down the street on Veterans Hill Road when Meadows and Garcia raped her.
Meadows acknowledged having sex with the woman, but he contends it was consensual. He said he was walking down the hill after leaving a gathering at a Veterans Hill residence when he came across Garcia and the woman.
Evidence in the case concluded about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. Due to the lateness of the hour, Judge Colin R. Gibb gave the six-man, seven-woman jury (which includes one alternate) the option to complete the case Wednesday evening, return Thursday morning, or continue the case to Friday morning.
He warned that finishing the case Wednesday could result in a late night because it could be as late as 7 p.m. before closing arguments would be completed so they could begin deliberations.
After retiring to the jury room briefly to make a decision, the jury chose to return this morning so they would have time to consider all of the evidence without feeling "rushed" to make a decision.
One female juror indicated she would not be able to return Thursday or Friday due to prior commitments. Judge Gibb said that would not be a problem since there is an alternate juror available.

That means a balanced jury of six men and six women will decide Meadow’s fate.

Closing arguments in Pulaski rape case today

After hearing three days of testimony, a jury will return to Pulaski County Circuit Court this morning to hear closing arguments and decide the fate of a Pulaski man charged with rape.
Jeffrey (also spelled Jeffrie in some court records) Lamont Meadows is on trial in connection with a rape in the Veterans Hill Road area of the county May 31. In addition to rape, Meadows also is charged with sodomy and object penetration.
A co-defendant in the case, Ernest Efrain Garcia of Pulaski, pleaded guilty to rape Nov. 13. He is to be sentenced April 9 after completion of a background report.
According to court records, Meadows will be tried March 18 on a charge of conspiring to impede or intimidate a witness in the case.
The accuser, whose identity is being withheld due to the nature of the case, alleges she was walking down the street on Veterans Hill Road when Meadows and Garcia raped her.
Meadows acknowledged having sex with the woman, but he contends it was consensual. He said he was walking down the hill after leaving a gathering at a Veterans Hill residence when he came across Garcia and the woman.
Evidence in the case concluded about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. Due to the lateness of the hour, Judge Colin R. Gibb gave the six-man, seven-woman jury (which includes one alternate) the option to complete the case Wednesday evening, return Thursday morning, or continue the case to Friday morning.
He warned that finishing the case Wednesday could result in a late night because it could be as late as 7 p.m. before closing arguments would be completed so they could begin deliberations.
After retiring to the jury room briefly to make a decision, the jury chose to return this morning so they would have time to consider all of the evidence without feeling "rushed" to make a decision.
One female juror indicated she would not be able to return Thursday or Friday due to prior commitments. Judge Gibb said that would not be a problem since there is an alternate juror available.

That means a balanced jury of six men and six women will decide Meadow’s fate.