Jurors in Wade trial take weekend off

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The jury in the Joshua Wade murder trial put in two full days of deliberation and then decided to take the weekend off.

Jurors received the case Wednesday afternoon after 10 weeks of testimony and three days of final arguments. Wade, 23, is charged in a nine-count indictment with raping, robbing and killing Della Brown, 33.

Her body was found Sept. 2, 2000, in an abandoned Spenard shed. Jury deliberations were to resume Monday.

Prosecutors have based their case in part on Wade's statements that he killed Brown. Defense attorneys say Wade had nothing to do with Brown's murder, that he became involved after he happened on her body and decided to play a trick on a bunch of street toughs by letting them believe for a while that he was a killer.

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