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Defense starts closing arguments in Ponce-Rocha trial


By Heather Sawaski

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It was the defense's turn to present closing arguments in the trial of Raul Ponce-Rocha, the man accused of brutally killing 18 year old Breanna Schneller in May 2009.

Defense Attorney Suzanne O'Neil told the jury there's 3 things that cause reasonable doubt in this case. Time, blood, and motive.

"After all the stabbing, hitting, and slashing, he tries to wash sweatshirt and clean up. All in 22 minutes?" O'Neil questioned.

"Breanna and the assailant clearly had physical contact," she said to the jury. "You saw the bloody shoe print in the bathroom, but police found no blood on his shoes and none in car."

When talking motive, O'Neil stated, "Why would he kill the fiance of a friend he works with, the soon-to-be sister in-in-law of another friend? It just doesn't make sense."

After closing arguments, the case will head to the jury.


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