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Jury has verdict in capital murder case against Kansas man in 14-year-old cheerleader's death
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) ' Jurors have reached a verdict in the capital murder trial of a Kansas man accused of killing a 14-year-old cheerleader whose badly burned body was found at the asphalt plant where he worked.
The verdict is being announced Friday afternoon.
Prosecutors earlier Friday recounted in closing arguments the hundreds of text messages that Adam Longoria of Great Bend exchanged with Alicia DeBolt before her August 2010 death. Prosecutor Kevin O'Connor also noted Longoria's semen was found mixed with DeBolt's DNA in his vehicle.
The defense conceded the relationship between the then-36-year-old man and the teenage girl was inappropriate but insisted he didn't kill her.
To convict Longoria of capital murder, jurors must determine he not only killed Alicia but that he committed criminal sodomy or attempted rape during the slaying.