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Kitchens' trial nearing end

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LAWTON, Okla._Klayton Kitchens fate is now in the hands of a Comanche County jury.

Kitchens has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his friend Chris Moore last May in Lawton over an argument about a stolen gun. Wednesday, Kitchens' defense and state prosecutors finished presenting their evidence, leaving the jury to decide whether Kitchens' is guilty. The jury was also given the option of convicting Kitchens on the lesser charges of second degree murder, or manslaughter.

Klayton Kitchens was brought to tears by the testimony of his father, who told the jury he wished he could have changed it all. The father said he talked to Klayton twice the day of the shooting and offered to lend him the $800 to pay for the gun. And had Klayton accepted it, this would have never happened.

It was a statement that brought both families to tears as well. The backbone of the defense continued to be that Moore was a threat. A private investigator testified that Moore's clothes, specifically a Houston Astros cap he was wearing the day he was killed had gang connections. He said the hat was often worn by members of the "107 Hoovers", a branch of the "Crips" gang.

Kitchens' long-time girlfriend took the stand saying in their three years of dating she had never even met Moore, but only heard of him, showing he was more of an acquaintance than a best friend. She also testified Kitchens did not hang out with gang members.

Both sides ended with rebuttal witness completely conflicting with each other. The state's witness said he was peaceful and didn't even want to join the military because he didn't want to harm anyone, while the defense's witness said Moore beat up multiple gang members when he was jumped for his gang initiation.

In closing arguments the state went over each element of first and second degree murder, and manslaughter and how the jury could apply the evidence to all of those charges. Once again the defense stated kitchens was standing his ground and defending himself.

If Kitchens is found guilty of second degree murder, he would serve at least 10 years in prison, if found guilty of manslaughter, he'd be sentenced to at least four years in prison.

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