Jury weighs case of young Canadian couple killed in 1987

(Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Jurors in Washington state are now weighing whether a trucker killed a young Canadian couple in 1987.

The Daily Herald reports a jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in the trial of William Talbott II. He wasn’t arrested until last year, when authorities said they used genetic genealogy to identify him as the person who left his DNA on one of the victims.

Prosecutors say on Nov. 18, 1987, 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, drove a van from Victoria, British Columbia, to Seattle for an overnight trip.

Their bodies were found in separate locations about a week later.

The defense suggested Talbott’s semen could have ended up at the crime scenes — on pants in the van, and on Van Cuylenborg — from consensual sex.

Talbott of SeaTac, Washington, chose not to testify.