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Still no verdict in murder trial

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    Abline Cannon looks across the courtroom as he awaits closing arguments in Judge Chris Cook's court Monday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — The jury in the Abline Cannon murder trial deliberated all day Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

The jury began deliberation about 3 p.m. Monday after closing arguments from both sides in the morning, followed by jury instructions. The jurors were sent home about 4:30 p.m. and returned at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. They were sent home about 5 p.m. Tuesday without rendering a verdict.

They are scheduled to return at 8:30 a.m. today.

Cannon, 38, of Cleveland, is on trial for the murder of David Barreiro of Lorain in 2016. Prosecutors have said that Cannon and another man kicked in the door to Barreiro’s Shore Drive apartment with the intention of robbing Barreiro, who was a known heroin dealer, according to testimony.

When the men entered the apartment, prosecutors have said they found a man sleeping on the couch in the living room and put a gun to his head and then pistol-whipped him, believing the man was Barreiro. Instead, it was Barreiro’s twin brother, Daniel Barreiro.

When one of the intruders went into the back of the apartment, he found David Barreiro with a gun of his own and a shootout ensued.

David Barreiro was found dead in his bedroom with four gunshot wounds when police arrived. He was wearing only boxer briefs, according to testimony.

Cannon was shot once in the arm during the shootout. Prosecutors have said he was shot by David Barreiro.

Cannon testified that he had been invited into the apartment by the Barreiros and was there with another man to discuss the sale of 2 ounces of uncut heroin. While the four were discussing the transaction, another two men kicked the door in and got into the shootout that killed Barreiro and left Cannon with a bullet in his arm.

Prosecutors pointed out that David Barreiro was wearing only underwear at the time of his death, which they said seemed rather odd attire for a drug deal.

Cannon also admitted to lying to police and medical staff about where and how he was shot, offering several different locales of where it happened. While being treated for the gunshot wound at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Cannon left the hospital against medical advice. A manhunt was conducted for him, and he was found nearly a month later hiding under a pile of clothes in an apartment in Kent.

Cannon’s defense team has said Cannon is a professional criminal who sells drugs, but he did not shoot Barreiro and didn’t even carry a gun due to previous felony convictions that prohibited him from having a firearm.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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