Jury now de­lib­er­at­ing in mur­der case

Sus­pect ac­cused of killing his wife of two months in May 2015

The Signal - - NEWS - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

The fate of 50-yearold Robert Ge­orge Arvizu ac­cused of mur­der­ing his new­ly­wed bride is now in the hands of the jury.

Clos­ing ar­gu­ments in the week-long mur­der trial wrapped up Fri­day morn­ing with the con­tin­u­a­tion of de­fense ar­gu­ments made by Arvizu’s lawyer C. Ed­ward Mack which be­gan late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Ju­rors who have lis­tened to tes­ti­mony since July 20 in­side a fourth floor court­room at San Fernando Su­pe­rior Court be­gan de­lib­er­at­ing about 10:30 a.m.

Much of the ev­i­dence pre­sented and ques­tioned in the case cen­tered on the even­ing of May 23, 2015, the last day any­one re­called see­ing Arvizu’s wife Court­ney alive.

The body of 25-yearold Court­ney Arvizu, was found in­side her hus­band’s Ne­whall apart­ment on 9th Street be­tween Ne­whall Av­enue and Chest­nut Street, shortly af­ter 1:30 a.m. on Sun­day May 24, 2015.

She had been punched in the face and then smoth­ered to death, ac­cord­ing to ev­i­dence pre­sented by Deputy Dis­trict At­tor­ney Julie Kramer.

“Her mar­riage to the de­fen­dant started with vi­o­lence and ended with vi­o­lence,” Kramer said dur­ing her clos­ing ar­gu­ments de­liv­ered Thurs­day.

Kramer was re­fer­ring to an in­ci­dent of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence dur­ing with Court­ney was stran­gled, an in­ci­dent in­ves­ti­gated by the Las Ve­gas Metro Po­lice Depart­ment in March 2015, a day af­ter the cou­ple was mar­ried.

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