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Jury to begin deliberations in Whyte trial on Thursday

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The fate of a Tompkins County man is now in the hands of a jury. They'll be deliberating Thursday in the Corbin Whyte trial. White is accused of shooting and killing Paul Garcia in 2010. Tamara Lindstrom has more.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- A Tompkins County jury will now decide the fate of Corbin Whyte. He's accused of shooting and killing Paul Garcia back in 2010.

Whyte is charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence. This is his third trial.

Closing arguments were made Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Whyte had a reputation to get back after Garcia threatened him with a knife, robbing him of cash and drugs. They also tried to place him at the crime scene with phone records.

The defense, however, claims there is nothing connecting him to the crime, saying clothing allegedly worn by Whyte that night that was found in a field, had no DNA or any other evidence on them.

"When you measure the quality of that evidence, than you realize that the objective evidence wins, the objective evidence for the most part contradicts what they are saying," said defense attorney Ray Schlather.

"When you look at that objectable credible evidence and you look at those prosecution witnesses and you stack them up against those objective items. The video surveillance footage, the phone records, the audio, those things you don't forget," said Assistant District Attorney Andrew McElwee.

Whyte's first two trials ended in mistrials after jurors were unable to come to unanimous decision.

Jury deliberations begin Thursday.

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