Jury deliberations will resume Wednesday in Dominique Heaggan-Brown trial
Milwaukee waits for a verdict at the trial of Dominique Heaggan-Brown. The case against the former Milwaukee police officer is now in the hands of a jury.
After deliberating for nearly five hours, they have now gone home for the day after not being able to reach a decision.
For more than 6 days, those jurors listened to testimony and attorney arguments and watched body camera video.
Now, it's their job to decide whether Dominique Heaggan-Brown is guilty of last Summer's deadly shooting of Sylville Smith in the Sherman Park Neighborhood.
The jury has been deliberating for about four hours in a private room at the Public Safety Building as friends and family members gather inside waiting for that decision.
Both sides were given one hour to give their closing arguments today. It was a final chance to prove their case to the jury.
If they decide Heaggan-Brown is guilty, they have two more options to choose from. Last night, two additional 'lesser' charges were included by the judge. Those are 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide and Homicide by Negligent Use of a Dangerous Weapon.
Those two charges carry shorter sentences and the jury can only choose one.
This morning, the state continued its argument that Sylville Smith was defenseless and unarmed when the fatal shot was fired.
"This isn't a self-defense case, ladies, and gentleman. This is an excessive force case. He had all the information he needed to make the right decision, at the right time, and he made the wrong decision."
The defense continued claiming Heaggan-Brown was acting in self-defense in a fast moving situation.
"Fearing that for his life, and life of his partner, Officer Malafa, he shoots him. You can dissect it and pause, but this happened in real time. 12 seconds, from the time he gets out of the car to the second shot."
If convicted, Heaggan-Brown is facing up to 60 years behind bars.
The jury will reconvene tomorrow morning for day 8 of the trial. Sylville Smith's family says they will be there, waiting for the verdict.