- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Closing arguments are up next in the Lane County capital murder trial.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/trsTy5 ) that attorneys in the case against A.J. Scott Nelson finished presenting evidence last week and closing arguments were set for Monday.

Nelson is charged with being one of three people involved in the kidnapping, robbery and murder of Celestino Gutierrez Jr. of Eugene.

Nelson faces 18 felony charges, including three counts of aggravated murder for Gutierrez’s slaying at a Eugene home in August 2012.

If the jury convicts Nelson of any of the aggravated murder charges, a second trial phase will begin to decide if Nelson should be sentenced to death.

Two other people were convicted of murdering Gutierrez. One was sent to death row in 2014.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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