Crawford County Murder Trial: Jury to Begin Deliberating Friday

The Crawford County court says the jury will begin deliberating Friday in the Matthew Smith murder trial.

That’s after the prosecution rested and defense finished up with witnesses Thursday, the fourth day of the trial.

Dennis Everson was killed in July 2018.

Matthew Smith and Dylan Ziegler were charged with his murder.

On Monday, Smith began his trial.

Police believe a fight broke out at Everson’s home before Smith and Ziegler killed him.

Ziegler has since taken a plea deal in the case. He admitted to torturing Everson, as well as manslaughter.

Ziegler has yet to be sentenced.

Smith is being tried on charges of open murder, torture and unlawful imprisonment.