Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial coming to a close

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - After weeks of testimony, the fate of the detectives in the Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial is in the hands of the jury.

The jury trial has been fueled by testimony from disgraced ex-detectives. Four of six former Baltimore detectives who pleaded guilty have testified for the government, providing jaw-dropping revelations about their time on a disbanded police unit.

They have admitted on the stand to breaking into homes, stealing cash, and staging fictitious crime scenes to cover their tracks.

Closing arguments started on Wednesday, and on Thursday the jurors heard the final argument from Marcus Taylor's attorney.

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The defense for Marcus Taylor talked about how "The government has gone to the depths of the criminal underworld in Baltimore" in order to make their case.

Taylor's attorney continued to say that the government's witnesses were deplorable and there was bias in their testimonies. She also said that the former detectives that testified were biased because they are already facing 20 to 60 years and they want to go home sooner. 

“There is reasonable doubt all over this case,” Taylor's attorney told the jury, “It walked in the front door, it walked in the side door and it walked in the back door.”

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The government then spoke and said that if you were able to go inside these Baltimore Police units you could see things 'more horrible than you could have imagined'. They also closed by saying that arguments do not change facts, and the facts are overwhelming in this case.  

The decision now lays in the hands of the 12 men and women of the jury. 

The jury was sent home Thursday and will resume on Monday, February 12, 2018.

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