Lawyer in strangling case: ‘Without a body ... no murder’
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The defense attorney for a man accused of strangling a former high school classmate and throwing her body off a New Jersey bridge has told jurors that “without a body, there is no murder.”
Closing arguments are underway Friday in the murder trial of Liam McAtasney. Monmouth County prosecutors say McAtasney killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern during a 2016 robbery. They showed jurors a secretly recorded conversation in which McAtasney admitted to the crime.
But McAtasney’s defense attorney, Carlos Diaz-Cobo, told jurors Friday that “without a body, there is no murder.” Stern’s body has never been found.
McAtasney chose not testify on his own behalf.