Jurors will be back Wednesday to resume deliberations in the murder trial of a man charged with killing a 2-year-old boy in 2010.
Ellis Royster is charged with killing 2-year-old Amias Robinson as he sat in his stroller outside his home in north Charlotte in August of 2010.
On Tuesday jurors heard from Royster himself who said he was inside a house when the shooting happened.
Royster admitted owning a gun like the one used in the shooting but he answered quickly and firmly when his attorney Richard Tomberlin asked the critical question.
"Did you shoot a gun the night of August 12th, 2010?
"No," Royster replied.
Attorney Richard Tomberlin picked up from there, telling the jury in his closing argument that witnesses had initially identified someone else as the shooter, and that police had charged another man until they arrested Royster two months later.
"There is a guilty person out there. I don't know if it's someone in this courtroom or who testified in this trial ... my client, you should find him not guilty," Tomberlin told jurors.
But prosecutor Jay Ashendorf would have the final word, calling Royster a killer and a coward who had let someone else take the fall for the shooting. Ashendorf brought back the stroller that Amias was in when he was shot, and reminded the jury why they were there.
"We are here today to show the family and the community that the system works," Ashendorf said, asking them to find Royster guilty of first-degree murder.