Brewer Guilty

On September 20, 1999, a guilty verdict came down against Lawrence Brewer. It took jurors only about 4 hours to decide.

The defense wrapped up their case for Brewer by telling the jury "not to be guided by the dramatics of the case, but do what they had to do." Their argument was that Brewer is a racist, he was at the murder scene, but he had minimal involvement.

The prosecution ended their case against Brewer emphasizing that he has lied about his involvement from the beginning, but the evidence in there for the jury to base their decision on.

Members of Byrd's family say that this time the defense took a different approach in defending their client. They also expressed their relief about the second trial coming to an end.