Jury deliberations to begin in trial of New Jersey man accused of killing former classmate

FREEHOLD, N.J. — Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Monday in the trial of a man accused of strangling a former high school classmate and throwing her body off a New Jersey bridge.

Monmouth County prosecutors allege that 21-year-old Liam McAtasney killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern during a December 2016 robbery. They showed jurors a secretly recorded conversation in which he discussed how he killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern in December 2016.

Another former classmate testified that he and McAtasney threw Stern’s body off the bridge, leaving her car there to make it look like she killed herself.

The defense claims there’s no physical evidence to support the accusations against McAtasney, who chose not testify on his own behalf.

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