- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A jury began deliberating Thursday at the trial of an Arizona man charged with killing his brother over a drug dispute and fatally shooting his 6-year-old nephew who witnessed the crime.

Christopher Rey Licon is accused of killing his half brother, Angel Jaquez, at their Phoenix townhome in December 2010 and then kidnapping and fatally shooting Jaquez’s son, Xavier Jaquez, in an alley 20 miles away.

Licon was accused of killing his nephew out of a fear that the child would snitch on him.

Investigators say the boy heard or saw his uncle kill his father.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Licon has pursued an insanity defense that’s aimed at sparing him the death penalty and prison time and instead seeks to be sentenced to a state mental hospital.


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