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Murder in Arizona against US Air Force aviators lands before the jury

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) – A case in Arizona of a US Air Force aviator is under the control of a jury.

Mark Gooch faces life imprisonment if convicted of first degree murder following the death of Sasha Krause. She disappeared from the Mennonite community where she lived near Farmington, New Mexico, in January 2020.

Her body was found on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona, more than a month later.

Lawyers in the case made closing arguments on Friday. The jury did not issue a verdict immediately and will resume deliberations on Wednesday.

Authorities say they linked Gooch to Krause’s death using cell phones and other records.

Gooch’s attorney says the state has not proven the case beyond doubt.

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