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Closing arguments conclude in deadly wrong-way crash trial

Closing arguments conclude in deadly wrong-way crash trial Photo: AP

May 20, 2019 04:51 PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Attorneys have completed questioning witnesses in the trial of a Vermont man facing charges in the deaths of five teenagers after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 89.

The attorneys finished their closing arguments Monday in the trial of 38-year-old Steven Bourgoin. Jurors are set to receive instructions from the judge Tuesday morning.

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Bourgoin told the judge Monday he would not testify at the trial.

His attorneys acknowledge he was driving the pickup truck that hit the teenagers' vehicle in October 2016.

His attorneys say he was psychotic and delusional at the time of the crash and believed he was on a secret mission in the days beforehand.

He has pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree murder and other charges.

Mental health experts have different opinions about Bourgoin's mental state.

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