BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tuesday, jurors continued deciding the fate of a teenager charged in one of Baltimore’s most brutal killings in years.
They must decide whether Raeshawn Rivers, who was 14 years old at the time, is responsible in murdering 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers, because he was allegedly an accomplice to the plot and never tried to stop it.
Bowers was essentially tortured before her death.
Adonay Dixon and John Childs both already pleaded guilty, but prosecutors say Rivers is responsible even though he didn’t participate in the beating, rape, strangling and setting Bowers on fire in her grandmother’s house.
Rivers defense attorneys argue he would have been in danger had he fled and called 911.
Jurors spent the bulk of the afternoon listening to the testimony of Dixon, spanning more than three hours.
“It’s unusual, but it’s not unprecedented and it’s totally in the discretion of the trial judge,” said legal analyst Andy Levy. “If you helped plan it, if you had an agreement with the people who were committing the murder, then you are just as culpable as the person who actually killed the victim.”
Rivers’ lawyer objected to replaying Dixon’s testimony, calling it unfair. But the judge determined it was fair. The testimony was played in it’s entirety with cross examination.
A verdict could be decided Wednesday. Rivers faces life in prison if he’s found guilty of 1st-degree murder.