Gillespie trial wraps, jurors deliberating

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Anthony Gillespie

Jurors are deliberating in the trial of a man who police say shot an innocent bystander during a 2010 liquor store robbery in Aurora.

Anthony Gillespie, 25, has been on trial in Arapahoe County District Court for two weeks. A spokeswoman for prosecutors said jurors began deliberating around 1 p.m. Thursday after the prosecution and defense teams delivered their closing arguments.

Gillespie faces murder and other charges in connection with the April 9, 2010, robbery at Sixth Avenue Liquors that left Benigno Morales-Ramirez, 24, dead.

In the days after Morales-Ramirez’s death, police arrested another man, Elon Raynell Wynn Robinson, 23, in connection with the crime. Robinson was shot during the robbery, according to police records.

Morales-Ramirez appeared to be a bystander who had gone to the store that night to buy beer, police said.

Gillespie was arrested a few months after the shooting and has been held without bond at the Arapahoe County Jail since.

According to an arrest affidavit, Robinson was shot in the arm and hip during the robbery and later arrested at an area hospital. He pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. He testified for the prosecution early in Gillespie’s trial.