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UPDATE: Jury finds Paris Anding guilty of voluntary manslaughter

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A Black Hawk County jury has found 20-year old Paris Anding guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 19-year old Marcellus Andrews.

The jury received the case Thursday afternoon and deliberated for about three hours before being sent home for the night.  They continued their deliberations on Friday morning.

Over a three hour period Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out their closing arguments.  The prosecution said Anding was intentional about his actions in the events that led up to the fatal beating of Marcellus Andrews last August.  Anding responded to a call from his aunt, got a baseball bat, and went with a group of people to a fight on Cottage Street.

"He took a baseball bat to the back of someone's head.  And it's clear that Marcellus Andrews did not see that coming," said Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson.

The defense maintained Anding hit Andrews in a split second decision to defend his aunt, when he saw Andrews coming towards her with something in his hand.

"The evidence does show Paris Anding's actions were justified. When he raises that it forces Paris to hit him first," said defense attorney Steven Addington.

But only Paris Anding and Jeremy Lowe testified they saw Marcellus Andrews carrying some kind of weapon.  So the prosecution questioned their credibility, and said ultimately, Anding knew his actions would cause serious harm to Andrews.

"You take a baseball bat, you load it up with enough pressure and enough force and execute a swing that crushes a person's skull - it is not rocket science here.  You know what is going to happen to that person," Ferguson said.

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