Jury begins deliberations on triple aggravated murder case

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A jury began deliberations after eight days of testimony for the trial of the man charged with killing three people north of Vancouver.

The Columbian reports closing arguments were presented in the Clark County courtroom on Wednesday in the triple aggravated murder case against 37-year-old Brent Luyster.

Luyster is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Mark Lamar, Zachary Thompson and Janell Renee Knight on July 15, 2016 in Woodland. A fourth person was shot and survived.

Luyster’s attorney Chuck Buckley questioned police’s handling of the case, saying they rushed to judgment and wanted to pin the deaths on his client.

Prosecutors rested their case on the testimony of the fourth person who was shot and who identified Luyster as the shooter. Prosecutors say her testimony was corroborated by the physical evidence.