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Update: Jury Dismissed for Weekend in Dover Cop Trial, Jury Deliberations to Resume Monday

Cpl. Thomas Webster IV Cpl. Thomas Webster IV

DOVER, Del. - A Dover Police corporal accused of assaulting a suspect will have to wait through the weekend to find out his fate. 

After wrapping up closing arguments Friday in the week-long trial of Corporal Thomas Webster, the jury deliberated for more than four hours, but as of 4:30 p.m., the judge had sent the jurors home for the weekend.

The judge said the jury will resume deliberations on Monday at 9 a.m.

Cpl. Thomas Webster, a white man, is accused of second-degree assault for a 2013 incident where he kicked a suspect, Lateef Dickerson, who is black, in the head. This was after Webster responded to a report of a large fight.

The prosecution argued the kick amounted to excessive force and Webster knew what he was doing.

"He took control of the situation but under his own terms... It was excessive force," said Deputy Attorney General Danielle Brennan during closing arguments.

The defense, on the other hand, said the kick was justifiable and not malicious even though it missed it's intended target of Dickerson's torso.

"Not only were [his actions] justifiable, they were necessary," Webster's attorney, Jim Ligouri, told jurors.

The jury, which is made up mainly of white women and not a single black man, will have to determine which of those arguments it believes.

Jurors can find Cpl. Webster guilty of second-degree assault, a felony, or a lesser charge, third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Or, of course, they could find him not guilty. The jury could also be unable to reach a decision, in which case the judge would call a mistrial.

The courtroom Friday was packed with police offices and family members of Cpl. Webster as well as many members and leaders of Dover's African-American community.

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