Jury recesses in 2015 drug-buy slaying near Florida Atlantic University

Henry (PBSO photo)

Henry (PBSO photo)

A jury Thursday morning recessed for the week in the first-degree murder trial of Donovan Henry, the alleged mastermind behind a robbery last Dec. 29 near Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton that left 19-year-old FAU student Nicholas Acosta dead.

Acosta

Acosta

Boca Raton police say Henry went to the University Park apartments that night to buy marijuana from Acosta, a fellow student. Acosta’s girlfriend, Kayla Bartosiewicz, opened the door for Henry, whom she recognized from a party, she told police.

Once Henry was inside, the rest of the men came in wearing masks and hoodies. Rodrick Woods shot Acosta twice, took a bag of marijuana and the group left, police said.

Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes has argued that, while Henry did not pull the gun, he was the mastermind because he knew Acosta and wanted his stash of marijuana.

Defense Attorney Scott Skier argued the state presented no evidence to prove Henry planned the robbery. He said the testimony they were relying on against his client was that of Woods, a convicted murderer. Woods, identified as the gunman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for testimony against the other men. Woods has said Henry asked him to help steal the marijuana from Acosta.