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Jury deliberates fate of accused Lakeland cop killer

? ? A man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer returned to Polk County courtroom for closing arguments in his murder trial Wednesday.
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A man accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer returned to Polk County courtroom for closing arguments in his murder trial Wednesday.

Kyle Williams, 21, is accused of killing Officer Arnulfo Crispin three years ago as Crispin questioned Williams and four other teens in a Lakeland about drugs and weapons.

During closing arguments, prosecutors say one of the teens witnessed Williams shoot 25-year-old Arnulfo Crispin.

Prosecutor Paul Wallace explains, "He sees him doing something near his pocket and then sees him raise his hand with a gun in his hand, extend his hand and fires the shot that strikes Officer Crispin in the top of the head,"

Wallace went on to tell the jury, the shooting was premeditated.

Wallace added, "[Williams] had made his mind up he was not going to be going to jail and the only way he could avoid that is by taking the gun that he had and using to kill officer Crispin."

But the defense contends it was one of the other teens who fired the fatal shot, and the teens then conspired to link Williams to the crime.

Defense attorney Chris Boldt told the jury, "We know they had every reason to be less than truthful, they had a motive to lie and to avoid being accessories to murder and charged with the murder itself."

In an unusual twist, the defense asked the judge to explain why Williams couldn't testify following Wednesday's closing arguments, after choosing not to yesterday in court.

Williams got emotional Tuesday as he told the judge he would not testify in his own defense.

Judge Donald Jacobsen told Williams, "Once that decision is made and we have reached this stage of the trial there is nothing we can really do about that, so I hope that explains the situation and the law."

If found guilty, Williams could face the death penalty

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