GRAYSON — Jury deliberations have been begun in the manslaughter trial of Clifford "Boomer" Cathey.
The Carter Circuit Court jury was given the case about 3:40 p.m. by Judge Rebecca Phillips. The trial began one week ago.
Cathey, 36, of Grayson, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the New Year's Day 2012 beating death of Heath Toney, 42, also of Grayson. He could get up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
Prosecutors contend Cathey caused Toney's death by kicking him in the head after he was driven to the ground by a pair of punches by Cathey's co-defendant, Bryan Rice, 39, who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in February and was sentenced to five years in prison. However, Rice on Friday testified Cathey never kicked Toney, a change from the version of events he'd previously given police and prosecutors.
Keep checking dailyindependent.com and see Wednesday's print edition for more information on the outcome of the trial.