Jury deliberating in murder trial of man accused of killing Akron officer

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AKRON, Ohio -- The jury will continue deliberating today in the murder trial of Kenan Ivery, who admitted to firing the shots that killed an off-duty Akron officer. 

Ivery faces several charges in the death of Justin Winebrenner at Papa Don's Pub in Akron in 2014. He could face the death penalty.

Winebrenner was off duty with friends at the bar, where Ivery was asked to leave because he was making some of the female customers uncomfortable. He returned with a gun.

Winebrenner was shot twice and died from his wounds. Four other people inside the bar were either shot or grazed by bullets fired from Ivery's gun.

The main question the jury is charged with answering is if Ivery came back into the bar with a gun for vengeance and a plan to kill Winebrenner or if he shot him in self-defense.

Both the prosecution and the defense spoke passionately Tuesday in closing arguments. The prosecutor stressed the fact that if Ivery just went home after being kicked out, Winebrenner would still be alive.

Instead, they say he created the situation by coming back to the bar with a gun.

The defense asked the jury if the state had enough evidence to convince them that Ivery walked into the bar with the intent to kill Winebrenner. Ivery says he came back to get chicken wings and that the gun didn't come out until he felt threatened.

The jury continued their deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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