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Bruno Takes Stand in Murder Trial

Jonathan Bruno Jonathan Bruno
John Baptie John Baptie

Rutland, Vermont - December 10, 2009

Closing arguments are expected Thursday at a Rutland murder trial.

Jonathan Bruno, 25, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly slashing the throat of John Baptie, 24. It happened two years ago in a downtown parking lot. Police say the men were arguing over a $40 drug debt.

Bruno told jurors Thursday morning that he thought Baptie was armed with a pipe, even though several witnesses dispute the claim. Bruno also claims he was high on crack cocaine and has mental issues. Bruno faces 20 years to life, if convicted.

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