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Both sides rest in Rockefeller impostor's LA trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The defense and prosecution have rested in the Los Angeles murder trial of a notorious Rockefeller impostor.

Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter chose to not testify in his own defense against charges that he killed a suburban San Marino man who vanished along with his wife in 1985.

Testimony wrapped up Wednesday with a cross-examination of the defendant's ex-wife in which she called him a consistent liar.

The defense also called two analysts who said postcards sent from Europe were indeed written in the handwriting of the victim's missing wife.

The judge has ordered attorneys back to court Thursday to discuss jury instructions and has scheduled final arguments for Monday.

Gerhartsreiter, who posed as a Rockefeller heir on the East Coast, was convicted in 2009 of kidnapping his own daughter.


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