If he’s convicted, Andre McKenzie could face the death penalty because unbeknownst to jurors, he’s already been convicted of another murder.
Andre McKenzie did not take the stand in his own defense. He is accused of killing 14-year-old Kenrick Burney, known as “Twin” one night in 1996 as the two men argued in an apartment on 4th Avenue.
A tip from a longtime police informant led to McKenzie’s recent arrest. He claims McKenzie confronted him about stealing cocaine and essentially threatened to kill him just like “Twin.”
"Who was the first person who mentioned Twin? He did. I never mentioned the name twin. What did he say about Twin? He said you're gonna end up like Twin.”
McKenzie’s lawyers tried to shoot holes through the informant’s story, pointing out that he has a rap sheet with 11 felonies on it, and he was trying to avoid a possible 35-year prison sentence by sharing the information.
Clyde Taylor, McKenzie’s attorney said, "So all of a sudden you're looking at a lot of prison time and you want to help yourself, right? Yes sir."
Andre McKenzie is counting on the fact that there are no eyewitnesses taking the stand. There was no gun and no fingerprints to link him to the killing.
Both sides wrapped up their cases Thursday afternoon. The jury began deliberating at 4 p.m. with the verdict still uncertain.