All Adrian Wright was doing was minding his own business, Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott told a Palm Beach County jury Wednesday.
Starting off what is expected to be a full morning of closing arguments in Peterson Metellus’ murder trial, Scott told jurors that Metellus was a “coward’ who decided to take Wright’s life into his own hands outside a Boynton Beach convenience store because of a two-year-old feud that started with one of Wright’s associates.
“Whether it was a dispute over a girl or a beef or whatever it was, Adrian Wright did not deserve to die,” Scott told jurors.
But Wright, 27, did die at Delray Beach Medical Center shortly after he was shot several times – and once in the head – on March 29, 2013.
Scott and fellow prosecutor Jill Richstone since last week have presented evidence to jurors evidence that included surveillance video from outside the store, a camouflage jacket that they say linked him to the crime scene and a note in the jacket’s pocket that Scott said he wrote to practice a phony alibi he wanted to present to police.
Defense attorney Thomas Weiss told jurors Wednesday that Metellus probably wrote the letter after he found out he was a suspect and wanted to make sure he recorded his points accurrately in case he needed to speak with an attorney.
Weiss asked jurors to disregard testimony from Wright’s cousin, Jeffrey Wright, who identified Metellus as a shooter a day after the crime. Why didn’t Jeffrey Wright identify Metellus right away, Weiss asked, especially if he’d had prior dealings with Metellus and would have immediately recognized him?
A defense witness during the trial said another man shot Wright, who himself at the time of his death was under suspicion for shooting at someone else.
“There were people that were beefing with him, and it caught up to him, and Adrian Wright got killed – but not by him,” Weiss said, pointing to his client.