Jury begins deliberations in South Kona murder case

  • LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Brian Lee Smith listens as attorneys deliver their closing arguments in his murder trial Wednesday in Kona Circuit Court.

KEALAKEKUA — The prosecution and defense each delivered closing arguments Wednesday after a weeklong jury trial for Brian Lee Smith of Honaunau, who is accused of the murder of Thomas Ballesteros Jr. and attempted murder of Nikolaus Slavik on Painted Church Road in South Kona last year.