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Jury Hears Closing Arguments in Tamik Kirkland Murder Trial


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The jury began its deliberations on Tuesday in the murder trial of Tamik Kirkland.

Kirkland is charged with the fatal shooting of 24-year old Sheldon Innocent of Wilbraham.

Innocent was a customer in Bill Brown’s House of Beauty on State Street back in 2011.

Kirkland is also charged with wounding the barber Daryl King.

Defense Attorney Andrew Klyman says the prosecution is basing its case on a false assumption and that Kirkland did not shoot up the barbershop and the people in it.

“Please find him not guilty of those crimes he did not commit. The evidence isn’t there, the proof isn’t there,” says Klyman.

Attorney Klyman says only one person, Daryl King, identified Kirkland as the shooter.

The defense says King said Kirkland had braids in his hair, but Klyman says a picture of Kirkland in the hospital a day later showed no braids.

Prosecutor Mark Mastroianni says the evidence will show beyond a reasonable doubt that the Commonwealth got its man.

“We’re going to take a slow and rational walk down the path you can easily travel to come to the conclusion that Mr. Kirkland is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” says Mastroianni.

As for the braids, Mastroianni says hair styles can change but Kirkland’s eyes are the same, large, wide open eyes that were mentioned by several witnesses.

Mastroianni concluded his closing statement by saying that Tamik Kirkland is guilty of all the charges against him.

Besides the murder charge, Kirkland also faces several charges stemming from a shoot-out with police in the driveway of a home on Burr street shortly after the barbershop shootings.

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