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Santa Cruz lawyers fight over ‘quiet conduct’ versus ‘trauma’ of murder defendant

SANTA CRUZ – Final arguments in a 4-year-old murder case began on Tuesday after a three-week hearing.

The Santa Cruz District Attorney’s office is seeking to prove a charge of first-degree murder against Miguel Castaneda, a Santa Cruz man accused of killing his former friend and neighbor, Victor Vasquez López, on Riverside Drive on April 20, 2018 in Watsonville. , 36 were arrested for allegedly shooting to death. Castaneda is also accused of assault with a shotgun when he allegedly pointed his revolver at Lopez’s car passenger to threaten him.

“Of course he hates Victor,” defense attorney Rory Bartley said during his finale. “If someone sleeps with your wife, raises a child and then tries to take that child back after three or four years… you’ll probably hate them too.”

Bartley suggested that his client may be acting in self-defense and warned jurors to look at the “straw man” arguments established and rejected by the prosecution to divert attention from more important issues.

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