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Jury deliberations begin in trial of retired court officer Jay DiRico

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The fate of the retired court officer accused of assaulting a Chicopee police officer now lies in the hands of the jury.

The jury began deliberating the verdict Tuesday afternoon. Closing statements in the case were held in the morning.

Jay DiRico, 42, is accused of assaulting Chicopee police Officer Jeffrey Couture back in April of 2012.

"So when you review all of that I believe that you'll find that the defendant is guilty of all counts," said Assistant District Attorney Cary Szafranski.

"This man is entitled to his presumption of innocence and the only true verdict in this case on all of these charges is not guilty," said defense attorney J. Timothy Mannion.

The charges stem from an alleged attack on Couture that occurred when DiRico's ex-girlfriend came with the officer to DiRico's home to gather some belongings.

Throughout the trial the prosecution and defense have illustrated polar opposite stories of the events that occurred that day.

During closing arguments DiRico's defense attorney told the jurors that it was Couture who attacked DiRico.

"He knocks him off balance and pulls him backwards, that's what he wants to do to get him off his feet, down to the ground," said Mannion.

The Commonwealth paints a very different picture, saying the officer stepped in to prevent an attack on DiRico's ex-girlfriend. Also adding that after that it was DiRico that attacked Couture.

"I'm going to suggest to you that officer Couture told a story and he stuck to it. Mr. Mannion did bring up a minor detail that he said changed at some point. But, he told you this is what happened, this is how it went down. I'm going to suggest to you that Mr. DiRico changed his story," said Szafranski.

During his testimony on Monday, DiRico told jurors he was abused by the Chicopee Police Department. This point was emphasized by the defense team during closing arguments. In response Safranski asked jurors to consider the fact that DiRico has never filed a complaint against the officers he says mistreated him.

DiRico is charged with assault with attempt to murder, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery, assault and resisting arrest.

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