Jury Begins Deliberations in Robert Hansley Murder Trial

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The jury began deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a man from New York accused of a deadly shooting in Bangor.

29-year-old Robert Hansley is charged with murder and elevated aggravated assault in the death of 38-year-old Robert Kennedy.

He was killed in an apartment on Center Street two years ago.

In closing arguments, prosecutors told the jury Hansley and Thomas Ferguson worked together to commit the crime.

In June, Ferguson was found guilty on the same charges Hansley is facing.

Prosecutors say that both men were involved, but Hansley was the one who pulled the trigger.

But, the defense claims Hansley was simply with the wrong person at the wrong time and that it was Ferguson who shot and killed Kennedy.

Robert Ellis, Assistant Attorney General says, "Our theory is quite clearly that Hansley had the gun, Hansley was shooting the gun, and Hansley was the one who fired all the rounds that were fired in that room."

Defense Attorney Hunter Tzovarras says, "Maybe it was just Ferguson that did this. Maybe Hansley didn't know that Ferguson was going to do it. And if you follow the evidence, if you look at the evidence, you look at your common sense, that's what it comes down to in the end."

Both men face 25 years to life in prison on the murder charges and up to 30 years in prison on the elevated aggravated assault charges.

Co-defendant Ferguson is scheduled to be sentenced on December 28th.

The jury decided to go home at around 5:30 and will resume deliberations at 9:00 Thursday morning.