Closing arguments heard in murder trial
POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 7:38pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — As of 6:25 PM Monday, jurors have not handed down a verdict in the Michael Herrera murder trial. Closing arguments were heard throughout Monday morning.
As we've reported, the 29-year-old is accused of murdering his then 39-year-old boyfriend, Cesar Torres.
Defense attorneys argue Herrera was acting in self defense because he was afraid the victim was going to sexually assault him. They also wanted the jury to consider Herrera's long history of mental illness.
The State argued Herrera knew what he was doing and used the victims alcohol and marijuana before leaving the scene.
If jury's come back with a guilty verdict, the defendant could face 99 years in prison.