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Deliberations begin in Gran murder trial

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Prosecution points to ‘crushing’ amount of evidence in closing arguments

MODESTO — The first chapter in a murder case that rocked Madera will soon reach its end and perhaps bring some closure to the family of a teen whose life was brutally cut short more than six years ago.

Jurors went into deliberation Thursday to determine the fate of Dustin Gran, 25, accused of beating 18-year-old Krista-Rae Pike to death in January of 2008.

Deliberations could take days as jurors have three complete weeks of evidence and testimony to mull over.

Lead prosecutor Miguel Valdovinos of the Madera County District Attorney’s office was first to give closing arguments during Gran’s trial Thursday in Stanislaus County Superior Court...


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