A Jefferson County jury began deliberations this afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Tony Ray Boykin, 28, who is accused in the death of Brian K. Smith, 21, on July 27, 2011.

A Jefferson County jury began deliberations this afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Tony Ray Boykin, 28, who is accused in the death of Brian K. Smith, 21, on July 27, 2011.

The jury of six men and six women were given the case at 2:30 p.m. after closing arguments from both the prosecution and the defense.

“Brian Smith didn’t need to die that day and that young man, Tony Boykin, didn’t shoot him,” said attorney Greg Robinson who pointed to Boykin sitting at the defense table.

Robinson also claimed that four female witnesses who testified for the state on Monday didn’t tell police about another person who was at the scene of the shooting, a person known only as “Pig.”

“They didn’t tell police who he was and I suspect he could be the shooter,” Robinson said.

In her close, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer asked what benefit would the state’s witnesses have for accusing Boykin and trying to protect someone else.

“Maybe they said Tony did the shooting because Tony did the shooting,” she said.