Friday, December 5, 2008

Prosecutors Rest Their Case in Mormon Missionary Murder

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against James Boughton Jr., a 22-year-old man accused of shooting two Mormon missionaries in January 2006.

Boughton has been on trial in Chesapeake Circuit Court since early November for the first-degree murder of Morgan W. Young and the malicious wounding of Joshua Heidbrink, missionaries shot while proselytizing in Deep Creek. Boughton, a Camelot resident, also faces a charge of attempted malicious wounding.

The jury could begin deliberating Boughton's fate next week. Boughton's defense attorney, Andrew Sacks, expects to wrap up his case today.

On Thursday, Sacks called the defense's first three witnesses, including a 44-year-old inmate who told federal agents in 2006 that a jail inmate by the name of Marvin Basnight admitted to the shootings.

Nurney Hurdle Jr. said he once shared a cell with Basnight at the Chesapeake Correctional Center.

"He was speaking of the Mormon murder," Hurdle testified. "I guess his conscience was getting the best of him." by www.mormontimes.com