Final arguments presented in Rockefeller impostor murder case

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The prosecution and defense presented their final arguments Monday in the trial of a longtime Rockefeller impostor who is accused in a decades-old murder of a California man.

Deputy District Attorney Habib Balian called defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter a master manipulator who "always had a lie in his back pocket to explain things," but slipped up and left clues that he was a killer.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Denner described his client as a white-collar criminal, but said no trace evidence connected him to the murder of John Sohus.

Sohus' bones were unearthed in the back yard of his mother's former house a decade after he and his wife, Linda, disappeared.

The judge told jurors to return Tuesday for Balian's rebuttal before the start of their deliberations.

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