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Ex-Auburn player’s robbery trial goes to jury

- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2012

OPELIKA, ALA. (AP) - A jury is set to deliberate in the robbery trial of former Auburn football player Antonio Goodwin.

Attorneys presented closing arguments Friday after the defense opted not to call Auburn coach Gene Chizik and associate head coach Trooper Taylor as witnesses. The jury then broke for lunch.

Goodwin is the first of four former Auburn players standing trial on first-degree robbery charges in an alleged armed home invasion in March 2011.

Goodwin's attorney, Lauryn Lauderdale, argued that he was impaired after smoking synthetic marijuana, or spice, the night of the alleged robbery. Assistant district attorney Kenny Gibbs told jurors there was no evidence that Goodwin's level of intoxication met the standard that he was "unconscious of committing the crime."

The first-degree robbery charge is a Class A felony.

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