Jury deliberations continue in New London Superior Court for the murder trial of Dante Hughes.
The 32-year-old is accused of shooting and killing Joey Gingerella in the parking lot of Ryan’s Pub in Groton in December 2016.
Court documents said Gingerella and others tried to stop Hughes from assaulting a woman in the parking lot. That’s when witnesses said they heard three gunshots.
Two days later Hughes was caught at the U.S./Canadian border trying to flee the country, according to Groton police.
Hughes claimed he was acting in self defense when it appeared Gingerella was reaching for a gun, but the 24-year-old had no weapon.
Deliberations started late Monday afternoon. Court reconvenes at 10 a.m. Thursday.