Attempted murder of former Memphis Grizzlies case goes to jury

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Shelby County Criminal Court jury is deliberating charges against a man accused of shooting former University of Memphis basketball standout Antonio Burks, cutting short his career as a point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jurors got the case against Darquan Swift Thursday night.

The defense argued Burks identified Swift as his shooter because he was hallucinating from strong painkillers in the hospital, but Burks told jurors he will remember Swift's face until his death, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Police said Burks was shot in the lower abdomen as a group of men tried to rob a backyard dice game the athlete was involved in nearly two years ago.

Swift is charged with eight criminal counts, including attempted first-degree murder. Three other defendants await trial.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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