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Death penalty case goes to jury in sailor's death

Monday - 4/7/2014, 5:47pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A jury has heard closing arguments in a death-penalty case against an ex-Marine accused of killing a fellow servicemember back in 2009.

During Monday's closings in federal court in Alexandria, lawyers for Jorge Torrez sought to explain away a jailhouse confession Torrez made to another inmate as a boastful lie.

Prosecutors say Torrez killed Navy sailor Amanda Snell and then stuffed her body in a wall locker in her barracks at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington County. Authorities say the killing was one among a series of stalking attacks against young women. Torrez is already serving a life sentence for three of those attacks. If convicted of Snell's killing, he could get the death penalty.

In addition to the confession, Torrez's DNA was found inside Snell's quarters.

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