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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 19:20
EL PASO, TX — Deliberations started in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping, beating and killing a man nearly a decade ago.
Closing arguments started at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and deliberations began 45 minutes later.
Alfredo Holguin, 37, is charged in the kidnapping and murder of Mark Cedillo, 22, in October 2002.
Holguin was arrested during a traffic stop in Juarez in 2011.
His cousin, Benito Holguin also allegedly took part in the murder but he was gunned down in Juarez in 2009.
On Monday, the defense only called one witness to the stand and in closing arguments, the defense told jurors witnesses cannot positively identify Holguin was at the scene of the crime.
Prosecutors told jurors, "he is guilty even if he didn't pull the trigger." They also said, "hiding is evidence of guilt" since he was arrested 9 years after the crime.
On Monday, the defense called a detective to the stand who said a car registered to Holguin crossed over into the U.S. from Mexico an hour before the murder. The same car was allegedly seen at the scene of the crime.
Holguin faces up to life in prison.
Deliberations will continue at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.