Jury sequestered in Alberto Mendiola's murder trial
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
The jury for a former solider accused of murder failed to reach a decision in the first day of deliberations.
The jurors were sequestered after nearly eight hours of deliberating. They will return at 9 a.m.
The case against Alberto Mendiola was handed to the jury Monday after closing arguments.
Investigators said Mendiola shot and killed Anthony Bowler in 2014.
Bowler was at Mendiola's estranged wife's house when he was shot.
The defense said in closing arguments that Mendiola wasn't mentally stable that night.
The courtroom heard from doctors throughout the trial that Mendiola suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Afghanistan.
The defense blamed the VA, saying that it didn't do enough to treat Mendiola.
Prosecutors argued that the defense is exaggerating his PTSD and asked for a guilty verdict.
Prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments around noon.
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