- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A jury in Marshalltown will begin deliberations in the case of a man charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was left in a minivan.

The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1nQlMil ) lawyers for 40-year-old Mathew Irving rested the defense’s case Friday after he testified he hadn’t intentionally killed 55-year-old Rebecca Hall in July 2013. Her body was found in the back of a minivan parked on the side of a road just east of Marshalltown.

Irving testified he’d sought out Hall in hopes of using meth and having sex with her. He says Hall attacked him and in defending himself, he accidentally killed her.

A medical examiner testified Thursday she died after being smothered.

Jurors began deliberations and will continue Monday if they don’t reach a decision.

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Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com

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