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Luyster Trial

Posted on 16th November 2017 at 08:54

A jury will now decide the fate of Brent Ward Luyster, 37, of Longview, as testimony concluded and closing arguments were presented in his murder trial in Clark County Superior Court. The Columbian reports on yesterday’s closing arguments; Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Laurel Smith says that Luyster made a fateful decision on the night of July 15th, 2016, firing six shots that took three lives, and seriously wounding a fourth person. Defense attorney Chuck Buckley challenges the prosecution’s case, claiming that it was full of holes. Buckley focused on the lack of motive for Luyster, along with the fact that the murder weapon has never been found. He also says that there was a “rush to judgement,” and that police never looked for any other suspects. Deputy Prosecutor James Smith says that it’s “preposterous” to think that a “mystery person” did the shootings. He says that defense attorneys can try to pick certain parts of testimony apart, but the evidence and the stories from witnesses all point to Luyster. Deliberations will resume this morning; Luyster could get life without parole if he’s found guilty of aggravated first-degree murder.