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Jury deliberations underway in manslaughter trial

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

RAPID CITY (AP) -- A jury will begin deliberations Monday in the manslaughter trial of a man accused of shooting another man to death in a Rapid City motel parking lot early this year.

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Thirty-year-old Charles Birdshead is charged with felony first-degree manslaughter and two weapons charges in the shooting death of 33-year-old Eustacio Maruffo on Jan. 7.

Authorities say Marruffo died of a shotgun blast to the chest during a botched drug deal. Birdshead argues he was lured to the motel for a beating and that he acted in self-defense.

The Rapid City Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/13vthWb ) the jury will hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution on Monday before beginning deliberations.

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