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Jurors begin deliberations in 2007 LSU murder case

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Devin Parker, 23, testified against co-conspirators Devin Parker, 23, testified against co-conspirators
Casey Gathers, accused of second degree murder Casey Gathers, accused of second degree murder
Michael Lewis, accused of second degree murder Michael Lewis, accused of second degree murder
BATON ROUGE, La. -

According to WBRZ, jurors began deliberations Monday afternoon in the 2007 murder of two LSU grad students.

Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis are accused of second degree murder in the deaths of Kiran Kumar Allam, 33, and Chadrasekhar Reddy Komma, 31. They were shot and killed during a robbery at the Edward Gay apartments in December 2007.

Last week, prosecutors called Devin Parker, who confessed to being a co-conspirator in the crime, to testify during the trial as part of a plea deal. He admitted to being under the influence the day of the crime, and said he'd forgotten several details about the crime scene.

Devin Parker testified that he was with Casey Gathers and Michael Lewis when the they murdered two LSU graduate students.

According to Parker, he and the two defendants never discussed a plan to rob or kill anyone before entering the apartment on LSU's campus. Parker said he ran to the getaway car once Gathers shot Kiran Allam in the head.

Parker claims he heard the gunshot that killed Komma seconds after he fled from the apartment.

While being questioned by defense attorneys, Parker admitted to being under the influence during that day, forgetting key details about the crime scene. Parker also failed to remember where he and the defendants were before the double murder.

Parker, who gave three different statements to police, all of which have differing and contradicting details. Parker also claimed that investigators also roughed him up during his second statement, putting him under duress.

In exchange for his testimony, Parker agreed to a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty to charges of armed robbery and accessory to murder.

Gathers and Lewis currently face charges of second-degree murder for killing Allam and Komma in December of 2007.

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