Both sides rested this morning in the case that began Jan. 14.
Starting with descriptions of five murders, attorney Kim Dammers meticulously detailed how the defendants had spread violence to sell drugs across Northwest Georgia.
They wanted to control this little part of the world, and to do that they were willing to kill, she said.
According to Dammers, the defendants behaved like salespeople working for the same company; there was structure and leadership.
She said that all defendants should be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
One defense attorney will present a closing argument today. The other four will close their cases in the morning. The case should go to the jury by lunchtime Wednesday.
Shane Rosser, Marco Cordero, Daniel Villenas-Reyes, Juan Duque and Sammy Duque face charges ranging from murder and attempted murder to racketeering, drug trafficking, kidnapping and arson. Another defendant, Josh Smith, pleaded guilty during the middle of the trial, admitting to participating in the gang and aiding in the murders of two Floyd County men.
Jurors heard from more than 100 witnesses throughout the trial. Witnesses included law enforcement officials and countless jail inmates who had allegedly participated in a violent drug enterprise prosecutors said moved hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine across Northwest Georgia.
Juros also heard from two women who claimed to have seen the murders of five people on two separate occasions. Prosecutors say the victims died because of drug debts owewd to the defendants.
Defense attorneys called a handful of witnesses this morning, and each was on the stand for only a few minutes. Most attempted to refute the earlier testimony of various prosecution witnesses.