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SAN BERNARDINO - Jurors began deliberating Thursday in the trial of Laurie Cone and Gary Gallion, who are both accused of robbing and killing a television repairman last year.
They received the case about 4 p.
For the last six days, jurors have heard about John "Jack" Cone, who was found beaten fatally in his home, which doubled as his television repair shop, on Sierra Way on April 2.
Several guns, televisions, ammunition and a truck were taken from Cone's residence that night.
Prosecutors say Cone's wife, Laurie Cone, solicited Gallion to do the crimes while she gambled at a casino with her daughter. Defense lawyers said Laurie Cone and Gallion were not involved in the crimes and had never met until after they were arrested.
Deputy District Attorney Cary Epstein said in his closing arguments that Laurie Cone had dual motives - she wanted her husband dead and also wanted her husband's property.
Epstein outlined how he believes the fatal night unfolded and showed a surveillance video of the break-in and robbery for the third time at the trial.
"It is him," Epstein said of Gallion, referring to the man in the video. "It is exactly the person sitting here to my left."
Defense lawyers James Gass and Ed Congdon then presented their arguments, saying that the prosecution's case was full of holes, insufficient evidence and non-credible witnesses.
Gass, Gallion's attorney, pointed out contradictions in witness statements and cited a lack of evidence - including DNA at the crime scene.
He said Epstein was left with circumstantial evidence and statements by convicted accomplice Shawna Bayless to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt.
"It's really not a compelling case," Gass said. "There are parts of the puzzle that just don't fit."
In his closing statements, Congdon, Laurie Cone's attorney, echoed Gass' remarks.
"There's really something going on here that doesn't quite fit. You should be able to feel that and sense that," he told jurors.
Congdon also blamed Laurie Cone's daughter, Jackie Cone, for the death of Jack Cone, her father.
Congdon said Jackie Cone also had a motive - her father had put the family's valuables into a trust fund for her and she could not access it without something happening to him.
"Who stands to benefit from the death of Jack Cone and Laurie Cone being out of the picture?" Congdon asked the jury. "Jackie Cone."
Congdon said his client was not guilty of murder, robbery or burglary.
"She is not guilty of soliciting the murder of the man she was married to for 30 years," he said.
Epstein concluded by telling jurors the defense was trying to distract them from the evidence that connects their clients to the crimes.
"It is clear beyond a reasonable doubt that Gary Gallion was in the house that night and that he killed Jack Cone and that he did it at the behest of Laurie Cone," he said.
Laurie Cone and Gallion each could face up to a life sentence in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
The jury resumes deliberations today.