Final arguments presented in Rockefeller impostor murder case


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Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter from Germany attends his murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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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