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Arizona murder case against US Air Force airman goes to jury

Slain Sunday School Teacher
Posted at 12:33 PM, Oct 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-09 15:33:05-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona case accusing a U.S. Air Force airman of killing a Mennonite woman is in the hands of a jury.

Mark Gooch faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in Sasha Krause's death. She disappeared from the Mennonite community where she lived near Farmington, New Mexico, in January 2020.

Her body was found more than a month later on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Attorneys in the case made closing arguments Friday. Jurors did not immediately reach a verdict and will resume deliberations Wednesday.

Authorities say they tied Gooch to Krause's death using cellphone and other records.

Gooch's attorney says the state hasn't proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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