Case of Pa. lawmaker's missing son winds down

June 27, 2008 6:10:27 AM PDT
Lawyers will make their closing arguments the trial of a Philadelphia man accused in the kidnapping of the son of a Pennsylvania state legislator. Defense attorney Gary Silver completed a second day of testimony Thursday by Kenneth Tuck and other defense witnesses.

They supported Tuck's story that he was home playing cards when 26-year-old Shamari Taylor, the son of House Democrat John Myers of Philadelphia, was allegedly kidnapped by several men. Shamari Taylor has not been seen since Aug. 26, 2006. His girlfriend, 23-year-old Caren Murphy, was abducted with him but released four hours later.

Tuck, who is 36, is being retried on kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy and gun charges in Taylor's disappearance.

Tuck's first trial in May 2007 ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.