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Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Closing arguments due in Md. stun gun death case

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore jury is set to hear closing arguments in the federal stun-gun death trial of a former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy.

The parents of 20-year-old Jarrell Gray are seeking $145 million for what they claim was an excessive use of force against their son in November 2007. The trial resumes Tuesday.

A defense expert witness testified Monday that Gray was actively resisting arrest after the first shock left him lying face-down and unresponsive, but still breathing.

He said former Cpl. Rudy Torres correctly delivered a second jolt because he didn’t know if Gray was still conscious or concealing a weapon. None was found.

The plaintiffs’ expert witness testified last week that Torres wasn’t justified in shocking Gray. He said Gray was exhibiting passive resistance and wasn’t an immediate threat.

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By the Associated Press  |  08:13 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Categories:  Frederick, From the Courthouse

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