FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Monday in the trial of a man accused of strangling a former high school classmate and throwing her body off a New Jersey bridge.
Monmouth County prosecutors allege that 21-year-old Liam McAtasney killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern during a December 2016 robbery.
Defense attorney Carlos Diaz-Cobo, however, told jurors in his closing argument Friday that there was reasonable doubt that the victim was dead, since her body has never been found. He said "Without a body, there is no murder."
Prosecutors cited a secretly recorded conversation of the defendant talking about Stern's death, but the defense calls that a made-up story made to pitch a film idea.
Prosecutors are seeking a first-degree murder conviction. McAtasney chose not to take the stand on his own behalf.