The first afternoon of jury deliberations has ended in the trial of a man charged with wielding a machete in the execution-style slayings of three friends in a New Jersey schoolyard.
Jurors began deliberations Thursday afternoon in the trial of Alexander Alfaro, who faces 17 counts including murder, felony murder and robbery.
The jury asked to re-hear testimony from Alfaro and a cousin who testified he described the attacks to her. Jurors will resume deliberations Friday.
Iofemi Hightower (eye-OH'-feh-mee), Dashon Harvey and Terrance Aeriel were robbed and killed in Newark in August 2007.
Alfaro's attorney says he brought the machete to the playground after being threatened by his older brother but didn't use it.
Six men were charged. Two are serving consecutive life sentences and three cases are pending.