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Jury sent home after hours of deliberation in Gavin murder retrial

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Detective Gabe Vanderbol gives a testimony during the fourth day of testimony in the Steven Gavin Trail at the Adams County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
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Detective Adam Gibson gives a testimony during the third day of the Steven Gavin Trail at the Adams County Courthouse on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
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Sgt. Terry Hagan gives a testimony during the third day of the Steven Gavin trial at the Adams County Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
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Vivian Wires, wife of Carlous Wires, becomes emotional during her testimony during the Steven Gavin trial at the Adams County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Gavin faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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Shelby Wires during her testimony during the Steven Gavin trial at the Adams County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Gavin faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
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Josh Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County state attorney's office, and Assistant State's Attorney Laura Keck during the Steven Gavin trial at the Adams County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Gavin faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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Steven Gavin, left, speaks with his attorney, Curtis Lovelace, during the first day of testimony at the Adams County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Gavin faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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Steven Gavin returns to his seat following the attorneys being called to the judgeÕs chambers on Feb. 14 during the third day of the Steven Gavin trial at the Adams County Courthouse. Jury selection is set to start Monday for the retrial of Gavin | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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Gavin, left, listens as his attorney, Curtis Lovelace, makes his opening statement to the jury on the first day of the Steven Gavin retrial at the Adams County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Gavin faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires. H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County state attorney's office, makes an opening statement to the jury during the first day of the Steven Gavin retrial at the Adams County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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Steven Gavin and his attorney, Curtis Lovelace, during Gavin's retrial at the Adams County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger

QUINCY (WGEM) — The jury was sent home on Wednesday after hours of deliberation in the Steven Gavin murder retrial.

The jury got the case around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after closing arguments. They deliberated until 8 p.m., but no verdict was reached. Judge Robert Adrian decided to send them home to get some rest.

Tomorrow's deliberations start at 8:30 a.m.

Earlier in the day, Carlous Wires, Jr. was held in contempt of court Wednesday in the retrial of Steven Gavin, who is accused of killing Wires, Jr.'s father in 2015.

As Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones was wrapping up his closing arguments, tensions then rose in the courtroom when Carlous Wires, Jr. tried to approach Gavin's defense attorney, Curtis Lovelace. The bailiff yelled "stop" and moved the podium to block him.

Wires, Jr. then tried to show a $20 bill to the courtroom and put it on the defense table before he was stopped. Wires Jr. then left the courtroom.

Judge Robert Adrian later said during the proceedings that he would hold Wires, Jr. in contempt of court and he would be fined for his "antics."

Wires' three children and his widow were all in the packed courtroom. On the other side of the courtroom sat two of Gavin's kids along with Gavin's attorney's wife.

The courtroom also had a larger than normal presence of Quincy Police Officers.

The day began with the closing arguments of Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones.

Jones opened with the quote "you gonna kill me while my family's upstairs?" Those were the last words of Carlous Wires, Jones said.

Jones showed crime scene photos of Wires dead on the ground and reiterated that three different people saw Gavin with a wad of bloody money on the day of the shooting.

Jones reminded jurors of the phone call Wires' daughter received on the day of the shooting asking for Steve.

Tears could be seen falling down Carlous Wires, Jr.'s face as Jones recounted the events leading up to Carlous Wire's death.

Jones also mentioned the drug history of his three witnesses, but added: “What are the odds all three would have the same drug-induced memory?”

While wrapping up his closing arguments Jones said, " Yes, Gavin’s fingerprints weren’t found in Wires’ house, but neither were Carlous Wires’. "

Lovelace began his closing arguments by painting Carlous' wife, Vivian Wires, as a liar and trying to discredit witnesses.

Lovelace said Vivian, had lied to police about the money found in an upstairs bedroom garbage can. She initially said she didn’t know where the money came from but later admitted that she put it there because she was mad at Carlous.

Lovelace also pointed out that Vivian didn’t tell police in further interviews that she threw a bag of marijuana into a neighbor’s yard.

“It’s not until 2017 in a phone conversation that Vivian told Detective Gibson about the marijuana that police thought was stolen,” Lovelace said.

Lovelace also reminded jurors about Vivian testing positive for gun residue.

When it came to the state's witnesses, Lovelace pointed out that in a 2016 prison interview, witness Michael Gay told police that he saw two people the night of the shooting, not one.

Lovelace said Gay should have heard gunshots if he was so close to the house or even when Vivian was outside calling for Carlous. “How does that timeline even work,” Lovelace said.

Lovelace also told jurors that Gay told police that he was putting together “time cards to get his story straight” and looking for the car that was in front of the Wires’ home.

Lovelace listed the multiple convictions of witnesses, including Robert McPhail, Helen Horton, Michael Gay, and Terron Cartmill. "People with addictions lie," Lovelace added.

Lovelace concluded by reminding jurors that Gavin’s fingerprints were not found in the Wires home. He said the only DNA evidence there that could connect with Gavin would also connect to 72% of black people.

This was Gavin's second time on trial for the murder of Wires. Gavin’s first trial ended in a mistrial in February of 2019 after the jury deliberated for 12 hours and could not come to a verdict.

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