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Prosecution rests in murdered sheriff case

ATLANTA - Prosecutors arguing the 2000 shooting death of DeKalb County sheriff-elect Derwin Brown rested their case Thursday.

The attorneys outlined Brown's shooting death and called key witnesses to the stand in the hopes of convincing a federal jury that Melvin Walker and David Ramsey deserve to be convicted.

Brown was gunned down outside his home three days before he was to take office. Brown's death was orchestrated by his predecessor, Sidney Dorsey, the only person in the alleged plot who has been convicted.

Walker and Ramsey, the accused triggerman and backup shooter, face 12 federal counts, including murder-for-hire. The two were acquitted on similar state charges in 2002.

The defense will present its case before the jury deliberates.