UPDATE: Jury deliberates in slaying of state trooper

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury began deliberations Wednesday night in the trial of a young man charged with murdering a state trooper in West Tennessee.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 2 1/2 hours, then recessed until Thursday morning.

The defendant, Orlando Garcia, testified earlier Wednesday that he left the officer lying shot on a rural highway but wasn't responsible for killing him.

Garcia told the court he was standing outside his car during a speeding stop when Calvin Jenks was shot by Chevo Gauna, who is scheduled for trial in April.

The two, both from Austin, Texas, are charged with killing the 24-year-old trooper last January in Tipton County while on a marijuana-selling trip.

Authorities say Jenks was shot as he questioned Gauna, who was still in the pair's rented car.

A videotape from the officer's patrol car showed Garcia moving Jenks' body out of the way.

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