Jury to decide fate of suspect accused of murdering couple at Cleveland car lot

Updated: Apr. 15, 2019 at 6:10 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The fate of Joseph McAlpin is now in the hands of a Cuyahoga County jury.

McAlpin is charged with killing a Cleveland couple and stealing vehicles from their car lot on Good Friday 2017.

Prosecutors say that McAlpin's DNA was at the scene of the crime and cell phone signals place him at the Mr. Cars lot during the double homicide.

McAlpin says his DNA was present from a previous trip to the dealership to test drive cars.

Three weeks after the murder trial began, prosecutors gave their closing argument, followed by McAlpin, who is acting as his own defense lawyer.

“I’m not no monster. I’ve got a family just like everybody else in here. I’ve got a wife, I’ve got children, I’ve got children, just like everybody else in here. But, yet they want to take all the good boards, the good pictures, the good unexplainable evidence, as they would say,” said McAlpin.

The prosecution said that it was ridiculous for McAlpin to argue that he was being mistreated by the judicial system.

"He wants you to feel sorry for him, that this is a big statewide, multi-agency conspiracy against Joseph McAlpin," said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Radigan. "It's ridiculous. It makes me sick to my stomach."

The jury began deliberations at 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, and a verdict is expected on Tuesday.

If convicted, McAlpin could face the death penalty.

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