Jury to resume deliberations in Joshua Drennen case; charges include first-degree murder
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The jury began deliberations on Friday afternoon in the trial of a man charged with first-degree murder, carjacking and an officer-involved shooting in Charleston.
Jurors concluded for the week after around 90 minutes of reviewing the evidence on Friday. They will recess until 9 a.m. Monday when they’ll resume deliberations in the case.
Closing arguments wrapped up earlier Friday afternoon in the case against Joshua Drennen, 28.
Investigators say Drennen went on a crime spree on Feb. 11, 2020, which included the murder of Barbara Steele, 77, in her Charleston home.
The defense has argued Drennen was mentally incapacitated at the time of the incident because he was admitted to a mental hospital just a couple of months before the crime spree. The state argued he “went on a trail of terror, leaving behind a trail of tears” that day.
Altogether, Drennen faces eight counts, including the first-degree murder charge. Other charges include first-degree robbery, malicious wounding, possession of a stolen vehicle and malicious assault of a law enforcement officer.
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