VERDICT: Greg Senser GUILTY in Boynton stabbing death of drinking pal

Greg Senser

Greg Senser

UPDATE 5:38 p.m.: A jury has convicted Greg Senser of second degree murder in the 2010 stabbing death of his friend, Jason F. Barnett.

The jury of three men and three women returned the verdict after three hours of deliberation. Senser’s mother, seated int the courtroom, cried after the verdicts were read.

Barnett’s brother nodded slowly at one point, but both he and his father otherwise remained stoic as a deputy led jurors from the courtroom.

He will be sentenced June 29.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: Jurors just announced they have reached a verdict in the second degree murder trial of Greg Senser, accused in the Boynton Beach stabbing death of his friend, Jason F. Barnett, in 2010.

The verdict comes after about three hours of deliberation in the trial that began last week.

Sensers parents, and Barnett’s father and brother, have already returned to the courtroom for the verdict, as has Senser’s defense attorney, John Richardson. Deputies have gone to Senser’s holding cell to bring him up for the reading of the verdict.

ORIGINAL POST: Testimony has ended in the second degree murder trial of Greg Senser, the man accused in the 2010 killing of his longtime drinking pal in Boynton Beach after an argument.

Defense attorneys John Richardson and Manisha Maraj rested their case on Senser’s behalf early Thursday after calling to the witness stand Erica Milliken, a resident of the apartment complex on Gateway Boulevard where Jason F. Barnett was found mortally wounded from stab wounds he suffered in a fight with Senser.

She said she was awakened that night by loud pops, like the sound of a firecracker, before police showed up and discovered the bloody scene. Senser initially told police that someone had shot at him, but also said he “blacked out” during the attack.

Jason Barnett

Jason Barnett

Assistant State Attorneys Jill Richstone and Reid Scott called Boynton Beach Police Det. Juan Montoya back to the witness stand, where he testified that he interviewed Milliken and felt that “she was off.”

Montoya testified that he saw Senser standing over Barnett’s body when he arrived at the scene, but Richardson said he later admitted on cross examination that he hadn’t seen Senser there.

Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer is now reading jury instructions to the panel, and closing arguments will begin afterwards.

According to arrest reports, the friends were drinking at a local sports bar late one Saturday night when Senser said he was uncomfortable there.

Senser said he and Barnett had left and made it to the apartment complex when Barnett expressed anger at having to leave the bar.

Barnett was stabbed several times in the neck and died at a local hospital.