Live updates: Latrice Lacey domestic abuse assault trial

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UPDATE: Judge Nancy Tabor has declared the trial for the Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, Latrice Lacey, a mistrial due to a hung jury. 

Lacey is charged with three counts of domestic abuse assault and one count of first-degree harassment.

After closing arguments on Friday morning, jury deliberation started around 11a.m.

The deadlocked jury was sent home just before 5p.m. Friday evening. 

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.

EARLIER REPORT: 

Kelley Bowles is providing live updates from the trial of Latrice Lacey, Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, who is accused of domestic abuse assault after a man was attacked with a hammer.

Follow Kelley on Twitter for updates or watch her timeline below.

Both sides have rested their case in the trial for the Davenport Civil Rights Commission Director Latrice Lacey.

Lacey was charged with assault and harassment for hitting an ex-boyfriend with a sledgehammer during a dispute last April.

The jury heard from several witnesses and watched surveillance footage of the incident along Pershing Avenue. 

Lacey’s attorney argues her actions that day were self-defense. But the state argues the footage tells a different story. 
    
Today Lacey testified she swung the sledgehammer to protect a friend.

“I’m holding the hammer and I’m saying, ‘You need to get away from her I’m not going to let you hit her, get away from her,'” Lacey said. “And he threatens both of us and he lunges towards me and I swing it towards him and at that point he grabbed it.” 

Once again due to several delays, the trial will now head into another day. 

Live updates

Kelley Bowles is providing live updates from the trial of Latrice Lacey, Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, who is accused of domestic abuse assault after a man was attacked with a hammer.

Follow Kelley on Twitter for updates or watch her timeline below.

Day 3 of testimony

Day 2 of testimony

Day 1 of testimony

EARLIER UPDATE: Latrice Lacey, the Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, was back in court for a second day as her domestic abuse trial continues.

Lacey is charged with three counts of domestic abuse assault and one count of first-degree harrassment in connection to a fight last April

At the time, police say Lacey and a man got into a dispute in the 400 block of Pershing Avenue. Lacey reportedly hit the man multiple times with a sledgehammer after she claims he damaged her property. 

During opening statements on Tuesday, Attorney Murray Bell, who is representing Lacey, told the jury the man was a long-time friend on Lacey, who she called an ‘uncle,’ and that he was her ‘housemate,’ for years. 

Bell went on to say that the relationship got aggressive at times, and eventually broke up. Bell says the man became jealous when he learned Lacey was dating a white man.

Leading up to the April 30 incident, Bell says the man choked Lacey in her home, damaged her boyfriend’s car and sent her numerous threatening messages. 

“Acting in self-defense she has to show she has a reason to be afraid of him,” said Bell. “And it’s a justified fear and the evidence is going to show that. It’s going to show what he was and how he was treating her.”

But Assistant Scott County Attorney, Samuel Huff, painted a different picture for the jury.

Huff says the man would not testify, saying it was his choice, but he “wishes it was a different one.” 

But Huff called several witnesses to the stand Tuesday afternoon, including two employees of McDonnell and Associates. Lacey and the man reportedly fought in front of the business that April morning.

One employee testified that Lacey initiated the fight, pushing the man and hitting him in the face. 

Both employees said Lacey hit the man with the sledgehammer multiple times, and said a second woman was there with a bat.

Huff says while the defense claims the man was a family friend, he argued that their relationship was an “intimate one.”

Huff asked the jury to focus on Lacey’s actions during the April 30 incident. 

“She hit him in the face. She kneed him in the groin, she took a hammer to him,” said Huff. “It’s a mistake, but actions have consequences.”   

The jury also heard testimony from a neighbor who lived across from McDonnell and Associates, the responding officer that morning, and two investigators.

The judge cut the trial short Tuesday afternoon, citing ‘legal issues’ that the attorneys needed to sort out before heading back to court Wednesday morning.

Local 4 News will update this story as the trial continues.

LIVE UPDATES: 

Kelley Bowles is providing live updates from the trial of Latrice Lacey, Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, who is accused of domestic abuse assault after a man was attacked with a hammer.

Follow Kelley on Twitter for updates or watch her timeline below.

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