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Trial begins in Arkansas cross-beating death

The trial for the man charged with beating an 80-year-old woman to death with a brass cross inside a northeast Arkansas church opened with both prosecutors and defense attorneys telling the jury that there's no doubt the defendant is the killer.

WYNNE, Ark. (AP) — The trial for the man charged with beating an 80-year-old woman to death with a brass cross inside a northeast Arkansas church opened with both prosecutors and defense attorneys telling the jury that there's no doubt the defendant is the killer.

While prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, an attorney for Rene Bourassa Jr. told the jury that the real question is why the killing happened.

Bourassa is charged with capital murder in the 2010 death of Lillian Wilson, who was found fatally beaten inside a Hamlin church. The Jonesboro Sun reports prosecutors played Bourassa's confession Monday for jurors.

In the videotape, Bourassa says he was agitated and taken aback when Wilson told him God loved him and would forgive him. He admits striking her repeatedly with the cross.


 

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