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Closing Arguments Begin in Trial of Teens Accused Santa Clara County Paramedic's Murder

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    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015)

    An emotionally charged trial is coming to an end. Lawyers delivered closing arguments Wednesday on behalf of the two teens accused of killing a Santa Clara County paramedic.

    Christian Burton, who was just 16 at the time of the killing, and 17-year-old David McNeal are on trial for the 2013 Oakland Hills murder of Quinn Boyer. Prosecutors say it was all part of a two-day crime spree by a group of teens that included carjackings, robbery and two shootings.

    In court Wednesday, Burton's father spoke out for the first time. “In my family, this is not my teaching. It's not what we do,” he said.

    In closing arguments, Burton’s defense attorney claimed the teen didn't take part in the crime spree at all.

    The prosecutor replayed graphic video of the crime scene, saying Burton purposely aimed the gun and “hit the bull’s-eye dead on.” He told the jurors, after the shooting, the teens laughed about it and then went window shopping at Macy's: “In that one moment of malice and greed, they sacrificed a whole life they could have had.”

    Boyer's widow said it's hard to imagine such young boys taking part in such brutal crimes. She said her husband dedicated his life to rescuing others only to have his life stripped away.

    “I'm still scooping my life off the ground,” she said. “I'm still trying to get my head around it.”

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