Former Seton Hall player’s robbery trial nears end



NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jurors are about to begin deliberating in the armed robbery trial of a former Seton Hall basketball player.

Kelly Whitney was arrested in March 2010 along with Robert Mitchell, a 2010 team member. Mitchell pleaded guilty last fall and testified at Whitney’s trial that the men robbed several students at gunpoint in an off-campus apartment.

Whitney played for Seton Hall from 2002-2006.

In closing arguments Wednesday, Whitney’s attorney told jurors that Mitchell lied about the incident and that identifications made by the robbery victims couldn’t be trusted.

The prosecutor said believing Whitney’s innocence would require disbelieving the sworn testimony of several people.

Whitney faces robbery, weapons and kidnapping counts. Prosecutors say the men tied up the students with duct tape during the robbery.

Deliberations are expected to begin Thursday.