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CHARLESTON -- The defendant testified this morning in the trial accusing James Todd Shafer of murder, and the jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday.

After Shafer gave testimony, the defense rested its case. Closing arguments are expected Tuesday morning, after which the jury will be given the case to consider and reach a verdict.

Shafer is accused of murder after allegedly firing gunshots in an incident that led to the death of his girlfriend. The confrontation between Shafer and others occurred June 28, 2016, in Mattoon.

Shafer, who's been jailed since his arrest the day of the shooting, would face a prison sentence of 45 years to life if convicted of first-degree murder. The other charges against him are aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon.

This story will be updated.


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