Jury deliberates in murder trial of ex-soldier

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

An Anchorage jury will deliberate to determine if a 26-year-old former soldier killed his wife or if she put a gun to her own head.

David Lopez is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of Sara Lopez on Dec. 12, 2012.

Reports say attorneys made closing arguments Wednesday.

Prosecutor Clint Campion says Lopez was angry that the state Office of Children's Services had taken their 2-year-old daughter after Sara Lopez reported bruises on the child. In a 911 call, Lopez reported shooting his wife.

Defense attorney Dunnington Babb says Lopez confessed because he felt guilty that he did not stop his wife from killing herself.

Campion says the petite, right-handed woman could not have put the gun to her left temple and pulled the heavy trigger.

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