Jury to resume deliberations in Joshua Drennen case; charges include first-degree murder

Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 3:54 PM EDT
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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.

Man charged in murder, carjacking and officer-involved shooting

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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