Jury mulling case of defendant accused of shooting at police

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 12, 2017 6:06 PM

(Lancaster) -- Jurors resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of one of two defendants accused of conspiring to kill Lancaster County police officers during a shootout last summer.

Eighteen-year-old Marquell Rentas is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer as well as conspiracy and reckless endangering.

Police in Columbia said a dozen shots were fired July 29 out a window and at police vehicles as officers responded. No one was injured.

LNP newspaper reports that prosecutors cited derogatory remarks to officers. But defense attorney Elizabeth Donnelly called that "tough-guy" talk and said her client wasn't shooting at police.

Lancaster County jurors were sent home for the night after less than two hours of deliberations Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old co-defendant Trenton Nace faces trial in October in the case.

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