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Jury to begin deliberations today on fate of two special constables

Jury begins deliberations today as they review the evidence they heard in the court case against Daniel Fraser and Cheryl Gardner
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The fate of two special constables charged with negligence in the death of a 41 year-old Halifax man while in police cells will soon be in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments were submitted Thursday in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial involving former constable Daniel Fraser and former constable Cheryl Gardner. The booking officers were on duty the night Corey Rogers died alone in a police cell in June of 2016.

Rogers was placed in police cells for being heavily intoxicated and later suffocated on his own vomit while wearing a spit hood. The Crown argued the booking officers were 'reckless' in the way they treated Rogers that night. 

The defence rejected those arguments and stated Fraser and Gardner were doing their jobs as expected.

The jury begins deliberating Friday.

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