Luysters fate rests with jury now


first_imgSix choices led to six shots, three lives taken and a fourth altered forever, and a ripple effect that impacted a whole community.This was the narrative prosecutors wove for jurors during closing arguments Wednesday in Brent Luyster’s triple aggravated murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.The jury began deliberating Wednesday afternoon after hearing about eight days of testimony. Deliberation resumes this morning.Luyster, 37, is accused of fatally shooting his best friend, Zachary David Thompson, 36; friend, Joseph Mark LaMar, 38; and LaMar’s partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43, at LaMar’s home southeast of Woodland. Thompson’s partner, Breanne Leigh, then 32, was wounded but escaped. She identified Luyster as the shooter.Luyster denies shooting any of them.“On July 15, 2016, the defendant made six choices that cannot be taken back. He pulled that trigger six times, firing six shots. With those six shots, he took three lives and tried to take a fourth. With those six shots, he caused irreversible harm to the people closest to him,” Deputy Prosecutor Laurel Smith told the jury.Luyster also left some things behind, Smith said, including shell casings, bullet wounds, beer cans with his fingerprints, a cigarette butt with his DNA, shattered auto glass from his alleged getaway vehicle and the bodies of his friends.last_img read more