Closing arguments delayed until Thursday day in Vassey Trial

Closing arguments delayed until Thursday day in Vassey Trial
Bryon Vassey (Source: BCSO)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Closing arguments will be coming a day later than expected in the 12th day of the bench trial against former police sergeant Bryon Vassey.

Vassey is facing one charge of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in Vidal's Boiling Spring Lakes home. The shooting happened on January 5, 2014.

Vassey took the stand in court Tuesday and spoke about what happened the day of the shooting. Vassey told the court he was acting upon his duty to protect himself and the other two officers who responded to Vidal's home in 2014.

Judge Richard Brown expected to begin closing arguments after a charge conference on Wednesday, but it took the defense, state and the judge quite some time to look over all of the charges and instructions in the case.

When a verdict is reached, it will be decided by the judge because there is no jury in the case.

There was discussion in court about the item in Keith Vidal's hand on the day of the shooting -- some say it was a Kobalt pick, others testified that it was a Phillips head screwdriver. The defense and state argued over whether or not it should be considered a deadly weapon in the incident.

Judge Brown addressed the court before the charge conference recessed for the day.

Closing arguments in this case are set to begin Thursday, when court resumes at 10 a.m.

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