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Jurors still considering case involving two Buffalo slayings

Federal court jurors were sent home Monday afternoon after their sixth day of deliberations in the case of three men accused of gangland violence that took two lives in Buffalo in April 2009.

Deliberations will resume on Tuesday in the case of Thamud Eldridge, Kevin Allen and Galen Rose. The three men have been on trial under extremely tight security in the court of District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Arcara allowed jurors to go home Monday after they spent several hours listening to a court reporter read the testimony of a trial witness.

The trial involves the 2009 shooting deaths of Thedrus Laster and Sam Jones Jr., two men linked by police to Buffalo’s drug trade. Laster was killed in a Delaware Avenue apartment on April 2, 2009, and Jones was killed four days later on Newburgh Avenue.

Eldridge is accused of involvement in both killings, while Allen is accused of involvement in Jones’ murder and Rose of involvement with Laster’s murder. The three defendants deny the allegations.