Two men await their fate in Hunters Point murder trial as jury deliberates

The fate of two men on trial on murder charges for two recent killings in Hunters Point is in the hands of a jury.

Joshua Pittman and his co-defendant, Antonio Bowers, have been charged with 15 felony counts, most solely against Pittman. Attorneys wrapped up closing arguments last week, and a verdict in the trial could come as early as this week.

Pittman and Bowers were charged with the 2010 killing of Deon Jackson in the 700 block of Kirkwood Avenue. Pittman has also been charged with the 2013 killing of Otto Brown as well as a number of other gun-related charges.

Assistant District Attorney Todd Barrett said last week that Pittman, Bowers and David Hall — who was killed in 2013 — plotted to kill Jackson because they believed he had spoken to law enforcement.

Witnesses put the men at the scene in front of an apartment complex in Hunters Point on Nov. 4, 2010. Some of the same witness put Pittman at the scene of the 2013 killing of Brown.

But Pittman’s lawyer, Sangeeta Sinha with the Public Defender’s Office, pointed out in her closing argument that there was little to no evidence linking her client to the crimes and the witnesses the government’s case rests on are untrustworthy.

Among them are three men who are linked to a federal gun running case and were placed in witness protection before testifying against Pittman.

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