The trial of Tymon Reed in the shooting death of 16-year-old Javon Reilly will stretch into Thursday, after a Jackson County jury did not reach a verdict Wednesday afternoon.
Reed is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sept. 19, 2016, shooting death of Reilly, a sophomore at Van Horn High School who had been walking home with a group of friends.
The jury also has the option to find Reed guilty of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter instead of first-degree murder. Reed's attorney has argued that he lacked the pre-meditation necessary for first-degree murder – that the shooting came in a moment of fear and panic. Reed tried to convey that himself in the answers he gave when he took the stand in his own defense.
Prosecutors have argued that Reed had no business being at the area of Home Avenue and Truman Road near Van Horn that day, regardless of the prior conflict he said he was trying to resolve, and could have walked away from a confrontation with Reilly instead of pulling out a gun and ultimately shooting him multiple times.
The jury received the case at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday following 1 1/2 days of testimony and arguments.