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Updated: Jury deliberations begin in Livingston trial
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The fate of a man accused in the death of a Kalamazoo antiques dealer is now in the hands of a jury.
Antonio Livingston is one of two men accused of killing Bob Medema, who owned The Emporium in downtown Kalamazoo. Medema was found beaten to death in his Oakland Drive home in August.
Before the jury began deliberations, Livingston took the stand and said his co-defendant, John Aguilar, forced him to go along to witness the murder, but in closing arguments the prosecution said Livingston had a key role.
“Without Antonio Livingston going in through that window none of the rest of these terrible events would have occurred,” said assistant prosecutor Alexis Sanford, “he helped set all of this into motion although now he wants to deny he’s involved.”
Throughout the trial the prosecution has highlighted just how many times Livingston has changed his story.
“Always he is trying to deny or minimize or explain away evidence,” said Sanford. “His story is inconsistent and is entirely self-serving.”
As Livingston’s attorney has done throughout the trial, at closing she again focused on how she said Livingston feared for his own life if he didn’t go along with John Aguilar’s plans.
“Antonio is not guilty of a first-degree premeditated murder,” said defense attorney Susan Eifler. “He had no reason to want to kill Mr. Medema, he never thought about killing Mr. Medema and further he never did anything in assisting in the death of Mr. Medema.”
Jury deliberations have ended for the day. The jury will meet again on Tuesday to resume consideration of Livingston’s fate.