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Hartford Jury Deliberates In Night Club Killing Case

Hartford Jury Deliberates In Night Club Killing Case

HARTFORD — The fate of an East Hartford man charged with fatally shooting a man outside a Hartford club is now in the hands of a Hartford Superior Court jury. Mike Cruz, 25, is charged with murder in the killing of Brian Simpe, 19, of Manchester, on Aug. 4, 2013, outside Up Or On The Rocks, a now-closed Union Place club. Jurors heard closing arguments Monday from prosecutor John Fahey and Cruz's defense attorney, Walter Hussey of Hartford. Cruz admits he was in a fight at the club, but denies shooting anyone. The dispute involving Simpe began inside the club and spilled onto the street, where the shooting occurred. Two murders occurred outside the club during the summer of...

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