Jury begins deliberations in Fairbanks murder trial

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2007

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks jury began deliberations Friday in the trial of a man accused of killing a convenience store clerk.

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Marvin Wright is charged with murder, robbery and evidence tampering in the September 1995 shooting death of 19-year-old Tricia Warren at the Tesoro 7-Eleven Discount Truck Stop.

During the trial, two witnesses testified they accompanied Wright to the store. Others said Wright bragged about the killing.

Two of the state's seven main witnesses said they got deals from prosecutors in exchange for their testimony.

"If one of them came up with this story - whatever," prosecutor Jason Gazewood said during closing arguments. "But look at the collective whole. There's a lot of random circumstances here. You can't make all of that up. You can't pull all of those threads together unless it's real."

Defense attorney Robert Noreen said his client is an easy target. He said the state's star witnesses have criminal records and are not to be trusted.

Noreen said investigators failed to follow multiple leads in the case.

"I have no clue who killed Trish Warren," Noreen said.

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