- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Closing arguments are expected Friday in the central Pennsylvania trial of a man accused of having killed another man in a botched robbery attempt during a drug deal.

Nineteen-year-old Jason Gardner of Easton is charged in Lycoming County in the January 2013 slaying of 21-year-old Terrell Henderson-Littles near the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

Gardner took the stand Thursday and denied any role in the murder. He said he had his back turned when he heard a gunshot, so he fled, thinking he was the target. He said he lied to investigators because he feared his companion, 22-year-old Mirad Shabazz of Easton.

Shabazz pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree murder, conspiracy and fleeing apprehension. He testified Monday that Gardner talked him into the robbery and shot the victim.

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