Chuckie Lee had his say by representing himself during a week-long murder trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. On Friday, members of the jury had theirs.
The jury of six men and six women determined Lee was guilty on all counts and specifications for the March 12, 2017 death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg, who was babysitting her cousin’s children at a home on Huffman Avenue when she was struck by two bullets out of 37 fired during the incident.
The jury had the case for about two hours after closing arguments and instructions before announcing it reached a verdict.
“It’s gratifying, but it’s bittersweet,” Montgomery County assistant prosecutor John Amos said while speaking for the family, which declined comment.
Chuckie Lee found guilty by jury of murder and all other counts and firearm specificiatons in the death of 20-year-old Taylor Brandenburg and for firing at other members of Brandenburg's family in March 2017. Two co-defendants pleaded guilty and are serving life sentences. pic.twitter.com/QYEZ4glJL3
The jury in the Chuckie Lee murder trial got this case at 11:30 — after that, they had to go through some procedural stuff like choosing a foreman and took lunch — and they had a verdict by 1:20. @whiotv
The jury in the Chuckie Lee trial is now deliberating. The jury received instructions following closing arguments this morning.
UPDATE @ 10:14 a.m. (Aug. 17):
Closing arguments are underway this morning in the trial of Chuckie Lee, who is accused of killing Taylor Brandenburg.
The accused killer of Taylor Brandenburg tearfully testified Thursday that he sold drugs, saw someone who hadn’t paid an associate’s drug debt and felt threatened at The Glass Hat bar before acquiring guns and firing at the man he felt provoked him.
Chuckie Lee, 40, who is representing himself in his Montgomery County Common Pleas Court murder trial, took the stand and explained the events of March 11 and March 12, 2017 that led to the death of Brandenburg, 20, outside a home on Huffman Avenue.
Lee described throwing the first punch at Ricky Mayes Jr. — Brandenburg’s first cousin — who he said hiked his pants and said it was his bar, swore and called him the N-word.