WINONA, Minn. — Tuesday afternoon the jury entered deliberation in the case of a Winona man accused of first-degree murder.

The trial, which began its third week Monday, finishing with testimony Tuesday prior to the five women and 10 men on the jury receiving their instructions around 2 p.m.

Testimony all last week followed a full week of jury selection the previous week.

Ricky Darnell Waiters, 51, is facing charges in the July 2016 shooting death of Robert Johnson, 53, of Winona.

Waiters has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, drive-by shooting and possession of a pistol without a permit.

Another Winona man was also struck, suffering multiple serious upper-leg injuries.

Waiters is accused by the prosecution of an unprovoked attack on the group of around a half dozen people outside of EB’s Corner Bar in the 700 block of West Fifth Street shortly after 1 a.m. July 27, following comments by one of the witnesses to Waiters about not parking in a spot near the building.

According to police reports, witnesses claim Waiters backed out of the lot, pulled his vehicle parallel to the street, and fired a .40-caliber handgun six or seven times at the people gathered while they scattered.

Waiters and his attorneys claim that he acted in self-defense when the people outside the bar rushed the vehicle and attacked Waiters, following him when he attempted to back away from where he had parked, and eventually penning the vehicle in from multiple sides as he tried to leave the area.

Jury deliberations will resume Wednesday morning.


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