DeLong closing arguments due today

September 15, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Closing arguments in Jason Aaron DeLong's first-degree murder trial are to begin this morning.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors are expected to summarize what they believe they proved during the 14 days of testimony.

The arguments -- each side will be given two opportunities to address the Carroll Circuit Court jury hearing the case -- are expected to last into the afternoon, attorneys said yesterday.

Since Aug. 23, the jury of nine women and three men has heard testimony from almost a dozen mental health specialists, friends and relatives of Mr. DeLong, detectives and Mr. DeLong himself.

Mr. DeLong, 19, of Westminster is charged in the fatal stabbings on July 29, 1993, of his mother, Cathryn Brace Farrar, and her boyfriend, George William Wahl. Their bodies were found in Ms. Farrar's Westminster apartment.

Mr. DeLong, who does not deny committing the killings, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. He contends that he snapped under the weight of a lifetime of abuse by his mother.

Prosecutors, however, say that Mr. DeLong and his girlfriend of one week, Sara Elizabeth Citroni, killed the pair to get Ms. Farrar's money and automobile. Citroni, 18, pleaded guilty to the killings in July and is expected to be sentenced to two life terms tomorrow.

Prosecutors are seeking life without parole for Mr. DeLong.

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