Photos of slain boy shown as closing arguments begin in Calif. trial of Jesse James Hollywood

Closing arguments begin in ‘Alpha Dog’ murder case

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Attorneys have begun closing arguments in the trial of Jesse James Hollywood, who is accused of kidnapping a teenager over a drug debt and then ordering his death.

Prosecutor Joshua Lynn argued that for too long Hollywood had escaped conviction in the August 2000 killing that inspired the 2007 movie “Alpha Dog.”

Lynn told the jurors: “The time has come.”

Photos of the decomposed, duct-taped body of Nicholas Markowitz were screened for jurors Tuesday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Defense attorney Alex Kessel called the case “manufactured” and accused the prosecution of screening the autopsy photos to emotionally influence the jury.

The 29-year-old defendant could face the death penalty if convicted.


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