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Mundt jury deliberating body in basement murder trial

Jeffrey Mundt in court on Wednesday. Jeffrey Mundt in court on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A jury is deliberating whether Jeffrey Mundt is guilty of killing a man and burying him in the basement of an Old Louisville house he lived in with co-defendant Joseph Banis.

Mundt is charged with tampering with physical evidence, robbery and complicity to commit murder in the death of Jamie Carroll.

Attorneys finished closing arguments Wednesday afternoon.

Jurors have the option to find Mundt not guilty if they believe he was under duress, meaning Joseph Banis held Mundt hostage or felt threatened when the crimes were committed.

Mundt never took the stand in his own defense. However, both Mundt and Banis testified in one another's trials in exchange for the prosecution to not pursue the death penalty.

Defense Attorney Steve Romines attempted to convince the jury Mundt was merely a witness to murder, not a murderer.

"What they've shown you is nothing. It is suspicion, accusation and prejudice," Romines said.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Ryane Conroy argued Mundt is just as guilty as Banis and wasn't held against his will for nearly seven months between the murder and arrests.

"There were options for him. And choices. The reason he did not make that choice is because he has a stake in making sure nobody found out," Conroy said.

Romines also re-played the 911 call Mundt made the night police discovered the body of Jamie Carroll. Mundt told a dispatcher Banis was after him and he was scared for his life.

Carroll disappeared in December 2009. A medical examiner's report indicated Carroll was stabbed six times and shot twice in the head.

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