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Closing arguments in Rusty Mack murder case begin Friday


A verdict could be in as soon as Friday in the emotional Rusty Mack murder case in Chesterfield. Thursday afternoon, both sides rested in the case against 18-year-old Margaret Dacey.

The state brought five witnesses to the stand Thursday - including Rusty Mack's father who broke into tears within seconds of being on the stand. One of four people on the scene when the violent and ultimately deadly confrontation began also testified.

The mother of 21-year-old Rusty Mack entered court Thursday with hope that justice will be served in her son's death. Prosecutors wasted no time calling Mack's roommate to the stand who testified he saw the defendant – Margaret Blair Dacey standing over the victim moments before he was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

The state played the 911 call a neighbor made after observing a confrontation with Mack and several others. That neighbor took the stand and also broke into tears, causing some jurors to become emotional during trial. But Dacey's defense tried to discredit several of the state's witnesses claiming inconsistencies in their testimonies compared to statements during previous questionings.

A medical examiner testified Mack had a fracture to the back of his skull and said that is consistent with the state's claim Mack fell onto the pavement after being attacked. Dacey's defense suggests that she didn't cause the fall -- claiming Mack was intoxicated.

Dacey is the last defendant to head to trial. Three others who witnessed the fight have either been found not guilty or had their charges dropped. After both the state and the defense rested Thursday, Dacey's attorneys asked a judge to throw out the case based on alleged inconsistencies, but the judge said that's up to jurors to decide.

Dacey is charged with murder and malicious wounding. A judge decided the jury will also be able to consider 2nd degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and unlawful wounding - which are all felonies.

Closing arguments will begin at 9:15 Friday morning. That's when the jury will receive its instructions and begin deliberating.

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