Jury deliberations will get underway Thursday morning in the murder case involving Kansas City rapper Dale M. Willis.
Willis, 33, and his brother, James A. Willis, 28, are charged in Johnson County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of Jurl Carter, 24, last September.
Carter, an aspiring rapper who performed under the names Yunglyf Carter and Bo Boogy, was shot to death as he attempted to drive from the parking lot of Jim Kilroy’s Roxy Bar in the 7200 block of West 75th Street in Overland Park.
Carter was shot four times in the chest.
Although Johnson County prosecutors say James Willis was the gunman, they argued he acted at Dale “Poppa Willo” Willis’ command after he and Carter engaged in a brief but heated altercation.
Although Dale Willis’ attorneys presented their evidence Wednesday, Willis chose not to testify.
On the night of the shooting, Carter allegedly disrespected Willis outside the club.
One of the key pieces of evidence in the trial was video from a surveillance camera that shows the shooting. It was shot from a distance, and individuals are hard to see on the video.
Prosecutors argued during closing statements that the video shows the two brothers acted together in a planned tactical approach and that Dale Willis directed his brother to shoot Carter.
“Convict him,” Johnson County Assistant District Attorney Vanessa Riebli told jurors. “He’s guilty.”
Willis’ attorneys argued in closing statements that Carter had confronted Willis and that Willis punched Carter only because he was provoked.
His attorneys said the video shows that Wills was trying to get away after Carter allegedly made a threat to shoot someone. Willis is claiming self defense.
Willis’ attorneys said the prosecution’s assertions that the brothers performed a tactical move is ridiculous.
“Where is the evidence of the direct comment from my client?” attorney Daniel Ross asked. “There isn’t any.”
James Willis will be tried separately.
Jurors begin deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Johnson County Courthouse.