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Jury deliberates in Bridgeport triple killing case

February 24, 2012
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NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A federal jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a man charged in the killings of three people in Bridgeport in what police say was a drug turf dispute.

Twenty-nine-year-old Efrain Johnson is on trial in federal court in New Haven. The 12 jurors heard closing arguments and began deliberating Thursday and are set to reconvene Friday. Johnson faces a possible life prison sentence if convicted.

The Bridgeport resident was one of four people charged in the 2005 beating deaths of Tina Johnson, James Reid and Basil Williams. Tina Johnson wasn't related to Efrain Johnson.

Efrain Johnson testified he only tied up Tina Johnson and didn't kill anyone.

A co-defendant, Azibo Aquart, has been sentenced to death. Another is serving life in prison, and a fourth defendant awaits sentencing.

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