Jury considers if Vic cop murdered driver

A jury will decide whether former Victorian police officer Timothy Baker is guilty of murder.

A jury will decide whether former Victorian police officer Timothy Baker is guilty of murder.

A Melbourne jury has begun deliberating its verdict in the trial of a former police officer accused of murdering a motorist he shot three times.

Former Leading Senior Constable Timothy Baker, 46, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Vlado Micetic, 44, during a traffic stop at Windsor on August 25, 2013.

Baker shot Mr Micetic in the chest, abdomen and buttock, but claims he was acting in self-defence because the motorist, who he said looked "crazed", had pulled a knife.

However, crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney SC argues that Baker planted a knife at the scene of the shooting to cover up a "spur of the moment crime".

Baker's trial opened on August 14 in the Victorian Supreme Court and on Thursday afternoon the jury retired to deliberate.

They have heard from a host of witnesses, including a sound expert who analysed audio of the alleged murder captured by a recording device worn by Baker.

The Crown alleges the highway patrol officer lied about Mr Micetic pulling a knife before the shooting.

Baker is also accused of lying about trying to reach for his capsicum spray during a scuffle with Mr Micetic before drawing his gun.

"He knew he'd shot a man for no good reason," Mr Tinney aid in his closing address last week.

But defence counsel Ian Hill QC said Baker had no motive to murder Mr Micetic.

"His intention was only to effect a lawful arrest,' the barrister said.

Mr Hill previously said Mr Micetic had five knives in his car on the night of his death and kept a sawn-off shotgun at home.

The defence also said Mr Micetic was drunk, had taken "ice" and was aggressive when Baker tried to arrest him.

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