Jesse James Hollywood testifies in own defense in ‘Alpha Dog’ kidnap-murder trial

Defendant takes stand in ‘Alpha Dog’ murder trial

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — An admitted marijuana supplier says he and two friends grabbed a 15-year-old boy off a street nine years ago but that a cohort acting without his knowledge later killed the boy whose slaying inspired the 2007 movie “Alpha Dog.”

Jesse James Hollywood testified at his kidnapping and murder trial in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday that he was angry Nicholas Markowitz’s half-brother hadn’t paid a drug debt.

Hollywood said he wanted to find Ben Markowitz to end their feud and there was “no purpose or plan” in abducting Nicholas.

The defense contends Hollywood did not order the killing and wasn’t present. Prosecutors believe the gunman, who is on death row, killed the boy to settle his own drug debt with Hollywood.

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