Jury deliberates fate of man charged with killing trooper




BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a 62-year-old Florida man charged with killing a New York state trooper by deliberately swerving his vehicle into the officer.

The Broome County jury deciding Almond Upton's fate deliberated Thursday for a second day without reaching a verdict. Deliberations are set to resume Friday morning.

The Melrose, Florida, resident was charged with first-degree murder after authorities say he purposely drove into Trooper Christopher Skinner while the trooper was issuing a ticket along Interstate 81 near Binghamton in May 2014.

Prosecutors say Upton was going 93 mph when he hit the 42-year-old trooper.

Upton's attorneys argue that his actions show he lacked the mental capacity to understand what he had done. They're hoping the evidence they've presented will justify his insanity defense.
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