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Trial of Downes' alleged killer expected to go to jury by Tuesday

Closing statements in the murder trial of 32-year-old Higinio Salgado, accused of killing architect Graham Downes, are expected to be given on either Monday or Tuesday.

The trial began April 14, with prosecutors accusing Salgado of causing Downes' death by inflicting 17-21 blunt force trauma injuries to his head in an altercation in the early morning of April 19, 2013. The alleged altercation took place in front of Downes' Bankers Hill home, where Salgado -- who at the time worked for Downes' architectural firm as a property manager, and some of his co-workers concluded a night of socializing.

Salgado was reported to be the last of Downes' guests at the home, and was found lying beside Downes by a police officer, who had responded to a call reporting a fight between two men.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund rested the prosecution's case against Salgado Thursday morning. Salgado's defense team of attorneys Jose Badillo and Jamahl Kersey delivered several witnesses afterward, and said they have just one more expert witness to call. Salgado was the final witness called to the stand Thursday before proceedings broke for the weekend.

The trial began with Salgado facing a charge of first-degree murder, which comes with a potential sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Jurors may be given instructions that would allow them to consider involuntary manslaughter, in light of Salgado's recent testimony.

He testified on Thursday that he only recalls a few flash moments from the night of April 18 into April 19, stating that he was heavily intoxicated and does not know if he ever was in an altercation with Downes, or if he caused his death.


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