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Jury in Lawrenceville shooting in deliberations
20-year-old could face life in prison

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 20-year-old man accused of killing a former Central Gwinnett High School football player during a botched drug deal should know his legal fate in coming days.

The 15-member jury is out in the murder trial of Cleondre Lamarr Lacey, a Lawrenceville man who prosecutors say shot Kenneth Brett Cunningham to death last March. Lacey also allegedly shot and injured Cunningham's friend, Paul Theodore Mayhew, during a drug-related robbery.

The shootings happened at Cunningham's parents' home on Sundale Drive in Lawrenceville.

Lacey faces multiple charges, including murder, aggravated assault and weapons possession during a crime. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Opening statements in the trial commenced March 4. The verdict is expected sometime later this week.

Lacey's alleged getaway driver testified against him last week.

Police said Stephanie Brianna Buskey, 21, drove the accused shooter to the Lawrenceville home to steal marijuana. Prosecutors dropped murder charges against Buskey last month - sparing her from a potential life sentence - in exchange for her firsthand testimony of the shootings.

Buskey, a Tennessee resident, has pleaded guilty to drug and robbery charges. Superior Court Judge Tom Davis deferred her sentencing until the murder trial concludes.

Both she and Lacey have remained without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail since last March.

Cunningham's friends said last year he knew Lacey. Friends held a vigil for Cunningham at a Lawrenceville church March 20, 2007 - the day after Lacey was arrested and charged with killing him.

Cunningham lettered in football and wrestling at Central Gwinnett. He was enrolled at the school until roughly a week before his death, a family spokesperson said.