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Jurors resume deliberations in home invasion murder case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jurors have resumed deliberations in the murder trial of two southern Indiana men.

Jared Sowders and Garreth Stephens are accused of killing 48-year-old Steven Baldwin during a home invasion in March 2013.

Closing arguments ended yesterday at 5 p.m. The jury deliberated until 10:30 Wednesday night before being sequestered at a hotel.

Some family members of the defendants were crying even before they entered the courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

All the seats were filled, and some extra chairs had to be brought in. Members of the immediate family were sitting in the first and second rows.

Garreth Stephens arrived first, followed by Jared Sowders. Both are on trial for the March 2013 murder of 48-year-old Steven Baldwin.

Prosecutors say the two killed Baldwin during a home invasion in the Plum Lake subdivision. The defense and prosecution debated jury instructions for more than an hour before breaking. Much time was spent on the wording of the aiding and abetting instructions.

However Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Wednesday afternoon he was eager to get the case to the jury as soon as possible. The jury is comprised of six men and nine women.

During his closing arguments, Mull told the jurors that both Sowders and Stephens were motivated by money when they allegedly murdered Baldwin. Mull said both men needed money for Spring Break.

He took about 45 minutes to wrap up his case.

Mull says Sowders is tied to the scene by DNA evidence on zip ties.

He described Sowders and Stephens as "blood brothers."

Stephens' attorney calls the prosecution's case "bogus." He believes there is inconsistency in witness testimony and doesn't think investigators did their due diligence. He says there is no evidence his client -- Garreth Stephens -- even drove the car.

Stephens' mother and father and Sowders' father were actually locked out of the courtroom Wednesday afternoon as the judge was not letting anyone in or out following a recess.

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