Closing Arguments Begin in South Capitol Street Shootings Case

5 died in three shootings on two days in 2010

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012  |  Updated 10:32 PM EDT
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Closing arguments started Thursday in the trial of five men accused in one of the worst series of shootings in D.C. history. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)

Pat Collins, Bill Hennessy

Closing arguments started Thursday in the trial of five men accused in one of the worst series of shootings in D.C. history. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)

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Jurors began hearing closing arguments in the trial of five men accused in one of the deadliest shootings in Washington in years.

Closing arguments began Thursday, more than eight weeks after the trial began in Superior Court in Washington.

When the case began in late February, prosecutors said that violence in which five people died in 2010 began over a missing piece of costume jewelry, a cheap bracelet encrusted with fake diamonds.

On Thursday, a government lawyer held up the bracelet as part of his closing argument and spoke to the jury with guns and bullets used in the shootings arrayed in front of him.

The five deaths happened as part of three separate shootings on two different days in March 2010.

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