By Sally Voth -- firstname.lastname@example.org
(Updated 8 p.m.) WOODSTOCK -- The fate of accused murderer Jody Lynn Bradley is in the hands of a Shenandoah County Circuit Court jury.
The nine women and three men on the jury began deliberations at 5 p.m. Wednesday, but were sent home for the night after three hours. When they return Thursday at 9 a.m., they must decide whether Bradley, 48, of 189 Wakemans Grove Road, Edinburg, is guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or voluntary manslaughter, or not guilty in the Jan. 6 shooting of Brendon Manning Barker, 16, of Strasburg. He also is charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Bradley disapproved of Barker's relationship with his now-17-year-old daughter, Sarah. He had verbally forbade Barker from coming on his property and had had him served with a no-trespassing notice.
"How many times did [Bradley] scream for help?" defense attorney Gene Hart asked in closing arguments. "Brendon Barker is a drug distributor to Sarah Bradley.
"He reasonably believes her life is being ruined."
Assistant Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Kenneth Alger acknowledged the teens smoked marijuana together.
"But, does that give Mr. Bradley the right to shoot, to execute someone?" he asked.
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