Jury charged in Pyant kidnapping trial

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Don't let emotion cloud your judgement is the plea from defense attorneys representing a man accused in a string of violent kidnappings and robberies.

The Jaquay Pyant case is now in the hands of a jury after two days of testimony from victims, a witness, and investigators.

Pyant is a former fullback for Alabama A&M is facing seven counts of first degree robbery, five counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of sodomy. The crimes happened from October to December of 2008.

Investigators testified they found a black ski mask, gloves and a gun in Pyant's car when he was arrested. Seven women testified their assailant held them at gunpoint, forced them to drive to ATM's, and withdraw cash.

One of the victims testified she was sexually assaulted because she only had $67 in her account. Prosecutors say two other victims escaped by screaming and leaning on a car horn.

Defense attorney Robert Payne said this is a case of emotion. The state argues they proved their case with evidence and testimony. Pyant's Aunt Patricia Robbins says her nephews arrest has been tough.

"He just say he straight," said Robbins. "I guess you handle it don't worry about it. He was really a good child like they saying all that cursing, I don't think he's the kind of person to do that. My other two don't curse."

The jury began deliberations at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. They will return Thursday at 9 a.m. to continue to deliberate.

To read full testimony, click here.

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