Deliberations continue Friday in trial of man accused of murdering teen

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The jury will continue deliberating on Friday the fate of a Buffalo man accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death last year.

DarShawn Morris is currently on trial for second degree murder, rape and criminal sexual assault. He is accused of killing 13-year-old Lanasha Rollerson, whose body was found behind a garage near his home.

Rollerson had attended a house party without her family’s knowledge. Police say Morris raped her then fatally stabbed the teen. Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says Morris confessed to the killing.

A jury spent much of Thursday determining Morris’s guilt, but did not reach a decision by 4:30 p.m. At one point, jurors requested a portion of the testimony be read back.

Deliberations will continue on Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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