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Jury deliberations are underway in a Nebraska man's first-degree murder trial

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Closing arguments took place Wednesday morning in the Rogelio Morales first-degree murder trial.

Morales is accused of strangling his wife.

The jury now begins their deliberations. 

KTIV's Danielle Davis awaiting the verdict and will have more on News 4 tonight. 


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Rogelio Morales took the stand to defend himself against a charge of first-degree murder.

Morales is accused of strangling his estranged wife Margarita, in April of 2015 in a car. He confessed to police but pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution rested its case today, then right after lunch the defense presented its case. 

 A simple defense, with just 1 witness, the accused murderer himself, Rogelio Morales. 

When Morales took the stand, his attorney mentioned his past military background, and visits to see a doctor a few years ago. It was noted at that time that he had signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or P-T-S-D. On the night of the murder, Morales says he remembers putting his hands around his wife's neck after she mentioned wanting a divorce. Morales testified that he then blacked out.

When the prosecution had the chance to redirect, it was mentioned that the military trained Morales in C-P-R, but he didn't use it to assist his wife. It was also brought up that after the incident, he made two phone calls, but, neither was to 9-1-1.  

"Now when you reached over to grab Margarita's neck, what were you thinking why would you reach for her neck, what were you thinking? I don't know what I was thinking, I don't understand why," said Rogelio Morales, defendant.

Closing arguments begin Wednesday morning, the jury can convict him of first-degree or second-degree murder. 

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