ALHAMBRA — Jury deliberations are to begin today in the second trial of an Alhambra man accused of killing his girlfriend, a San Gabriel woman, in 2007, officials said.
A jury last year could not reach a verdict last year in the trial of Isaac Campbell, 37, prompting a re-trial. The previous jury hung 10-2 in favor of convicting Campbell of the Aug. 12, 2007 slaying of 31-year-old Liya “Jessie” Lu, whose body was found about a month after she disappeared, hidden inside a trash can Campbell left at a friend’s house in Arcadia.
Closing arguments in the re-trial were completed Wednesday, and the case was to go to the jury this morning.
Prosecutors have alleged that Campbell killed Lu at his apartment, while the defense has argued that Campbell merely discovered Lu’s body, panicked and handled the situation badly.
Because of the condition of Lu’s body when it was ultimately found inside a trash can covered with kitty litter, coroner’s investigators were never able to determine an official cause of death.