Jury deliberating in murder case

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Travis County jury was deliberating late Friday in the murder trial of an Austin stripper and her boyfriend, who are accused of killing one of her customers during a robbery last year.

During closing arguments Friday, prosecutors said Jessica Krause-Patterson, 20, and Jon Tyrell Banks, 23, took cash, a ring and a cellphone from Elmore Allen, 49, after Krause-Patterson lured him from Hot Bodies Gentlemen’s Club on Burleson Road, where she worked.

On April 13, 2009, Allen was hit in the face with a blunt object and hit the back of his head on a rock at an apartment complex where Krause-Patterson lived at the time.

Defense lawyers argued that Allen had groped Krause-Patterson after offering
her a ride home and that when Banks found them at the apartment complex
he punched Elmore to protect her from an impending sexual assault.

Both could face life in prison if convicted.

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