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Jury begins deliberations in Del. prison riot that killed CO

The four defendants on trial are charged with first-degree murder, assault, kidnapping and conspiracy in the 2017 riot that killed a CO

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Sgt. Steven Floyd. Floyd died in a February 2017 inmate riot and hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del.

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Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. — A jury has begun deliberations in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot.

News outlets report jurors began deliberations Tuesday afternoon. The four defendants in this trial — Obadiah Miller, John Bramble, Kevin Berry and Abednego Baynes — are charged with first-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy in the 2017 riot. Corrections Officer Steven Floyd was killed, and three other staffers were taken hostage.

Defense attorneys have focused on differing accounts of the riot from witnesses. But in his rebuttal, Deputy Attorney General Brian Robertson argued that the flaws in their statements show they’re genuine.

The first trial, of three inmates, resulted in one murder conviction.

Multiple inmates started a fire by igniting bed sheets; the situation then turned into a riot as the inmates also armed themselves with blunt objects, Richland County deputies said
An inmate attacked a deputy who took the weapon he used to stab another inmate; two additional inmates then piled onto the deputy
Sincere A. Harrison was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree promoting prison contraband
Officer Kelly B. Rolando was returning from a temporary assignment when he got into a crash; he served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for eight years