A man who was among a group of armed intruders looking for money and drugs at a San Carlos home — triggering a scuffle and the fatal shooting of one resident — should be convicted of murder and other charges, a prosecutor said Monday.
Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund urged jurors to render a guilty verdict in the trial of 45-year-old Elliott Grizzle, who is charged in the May 11, 2016, death of 33-year-old Brent Adler.
Maund, in her closing argument, told jurors that Grizzle and two or three others broke into the home on Tommy Drive in broad daylight, demanding money and marijuana.
The prosecutor said the intruders tied up, robbed and blindfolded two of Adler’s roommates, then shot the victim when he arrived home after 2:30 p.m.
“He (Adler) was executed as a result of a residential robbery,” Maund told the jury. “He was executed as a result of a residential burglary.”
Grizzle’s DNA was found on a glove and mask he wore during the home- invasion, the prosecutor said.
Defense attorney Melissa Tralla said everybody knew that everyone in the home was dealing drugs.
Tralla said the two men who were tied up during the ordeal were “deceptive” and lied on the witness stand.
Jury deliberations got underway Monday afternoon in the courtroom of Judge Laura Halgren.
Grizzle faces 198 years to life in prison if convicted.
Two other men — 28-year-old Lawrence “Larry” Johnson and Toren Nieber are also charged in the case and will be tried later.
–City News Service
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