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Border activist's felony murder trial goes to jury

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By Barbara Grijalva - email

Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - The murder trial of border militia activist Shawna Forde went to the jury late Thursday night.

Lawyers for both sides made their closing arguments Thursday afternoon after about two weeks of testimony.

Forde herself did not take the witness stand.

Prosecutors say Forde led a May 2009 home invasion in Arivaca that killed 29-year-old Raul Flores and his nine-year-old daughter, Brisenia.

The girl's mother, Gina Gonzalez, also was shot, but survived.

She testified at Forde's trial.

During closing arguments, defense attorney Eric Larsen told the jury the state did not provide any evidence tying Forde to the crime.

"There's no evidence. She's a wraith. She is a ghost. She moves without leaving evidence," Larsen said.

Prosecutor Rick Unklesbay told jurors that Forde not only was there,  but she planned the whole thing.

"No one is saying that Shawna Forde pulled the trigger at one o'clock in the morning on the 30th of May, but make no mistake about it, she was the one who planned this event. She was the one who recruited the people to do this, and she went in there with them," Unklesbay said.

Forde is charged under Arizona's felony murder law.

If she's convicted of one or both of the felony murder charges, she could be sentenced to death.    

Two others suspects in the case will be tried separately.

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