BREAKING UPDATE: The jury found Enrique Arochi guilty of aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of Christina Morris. The sentencing phase will begin Monday. Arochi could receive anything from probation to life in prison.
MCKINNEY-"Where is Christina Morris?"
That's the question that's haunted Christina's family as well as police and prosecutors for more than two years. It was the key question in closing arguments at Enrique Arochi's aggravated kidnapping trial.
"No stone left unturned. No tip left not investigated," prosecutor Lisa Milasky King said, referring to the police investigation of Morris' disappearance. "They're confident they've got the right guy, Enrique Arochi. Any possibility that it's anybody else just simply isn't there.
But Arochi's lawyer took one last shot at turning suspicion toward someone else: Christina's boyfriend.
"So let's talk about Hunter Foster," defense attorney Keith Gore told jurors. "You've had no evidence to confirm his whereabouts."
He also took shots at two key pieces of evidence. First, Christina's DNA found in the trunk of Arochi's car.
"The DNA that they have--it's not blood," Gore said.
And records showing Christina's cell phone pinging towers at the same location as Arochi's phone.
"It's not a phone use event such that you can decide where somebody is," he said.
Prosecutors got one last chance to refute Arochi's lawyer.
About Christina's boyfriend, assistant district attorney Zeke Fortenberry said, "We know that Hunter Foster's cell phone puts him down in Dallas, pinging, selling to an undercover agent. If you wanna imagine a better alibi, try selling drugs to an undercover police officer."
About cell phone records: "Those cell phone pings hurt the defendant so much they tried to pay someone to distract you," Fortenberry said, referring to a defense witness who tried to discredit certain cell phone evidence.
And about DNA, "Her blood or saliva touched that weather stripping. Because of good work of cops, you have that evidence," he said.
And with these words from the assistant D.A.: "Tell the defendant you got your day in court and you're guilty," the fate of Enrique Arochi was placed in the hands of twelve jurors.
The judge planned to have jurors deliberate as late as 10:00 Tuesday night.