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Jury to begin deliberations Thursday in fatal drug robbery
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Marquis Lejon Studivant, left, and counsel Lee Parks talk Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Hall County Superior Court during Studivant's murder trial. Studivant is charged with felony murder in the April 4 shooting of Dennis Gayton, 47, on Carlton Street in Gainesville.

A jury will return Thursday, Aug. 16, to start deliberations on a felony murder case from April 2017.

Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller gave the jurors’ instructions after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the case of Marquis Lejon Studivant, who was indicted on charges of felony murder and conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance, a synthetic cannabinoid. The case involves the death of Dennis Gayton, 47, who was shot April 4, 2017 on Carlton Street in Gainesville.

The jurors will return at 9 a.m. to deliberate.

Assistant District Attorneys Tauri Thomas and Harold Buckler called their last three witnesses before resting their case Wednesday.

Studivant was accused of attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and first-degree child cruelty.

The victim’s son, Tyler Gayton, testified Tuesday that his father drove to the Athens Street area looking to buy drugs. He also said a man pulled out a gun after demanding Dennis Gayton hand over his money.

In previous court filings, Studivant has said he was at home taking care of his child at the time of the incident.

Studivant’s co-defendant, Tadrick Terrian Osborne, previously took a plea deal in May to an amended charge of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to sell a Schedule I substance.

Osborne received a 30-year sentence with the first 20 years to be served in confinement, according to court documents. The rest of his sentence may be served on probation.

Osborne will receive credit for time served since June 2017.