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Closing arguments set in Minton murder trial

Posted May 4, 2012 2:53 p.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2012 2:57 p.m. EDT

— Closing arguments are set for Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Brian Minton, a Chapel Hill man accused of ordering the death of 20-year-old Joshua Bailey in 2008.

Bailey was found dead in September 2008, near Jordan Lake, three weeks after he was reported missing.

Prosecutors say Minton, who is also charged with first-degree kidnapping, was the ringleader of a group of friends and ordered Bailey killed after suspicions that Bailey was helping police in an investigation of the group.

Defense attorneys acknowledge that Minton was part of the group but contend that he did not order Bailey's death.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Minton faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Eight other people, including Minton's parents, were also charged in connection with the case. Two of them have pleaded guilty.