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Jury gets case of ex-Mesa police officer charged with murder

FILE - This May 16, 2016 file photo shows former Mesa, Ariz., Police Officer Philip Brailsford in Maricopa County Superior Court during a hearing. Brailsford goes on trial the week of Oct. 23, 2017, on a murder charge in the January 2016 shooting death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas, at a hotel in Mesa. Brailsford has said he shot Shaver because he believed Shaver was reaching for a gun during a tense encounter outside his hotel room. Prosecutors say no gun was found on Shaver's body and maintain the on-duty shooting wasn't justified. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)

PHOENIX — The case of a former Mesa police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a hotel guest nearly two years ago is in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments concluded Wednesday afternoon and jurors got updated instructions from the judge before they began deliberations.

Philip Brailsford is charged with second-degree murder in the January 2016 shooting at a Mesa hotel.

He would face 10 to 25 years in prison if convicted of the charge.

The 27-year-old Brailsford has testified about his split-second decision to shoot the unarmed man after responding to a call that someone at the hotel was pointing a gun out of a window.

Brailsford served as a Mesa policeman for about two years before he was fired for violations of departmental policy, including unsatisfactory performance.

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