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Closing arguments set for Monday in the murder trial of accused husband killer
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Closing arguments set for Monday in the murder trial of accused husband killer

Closing arguments set for Monday in the murder trial of accused husband killer
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Closing arguments set for Monday in the murder trial of accused husband killer

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are set to begin Monday morning in the Amber Hilberling murder trial.

Hilberling is accused of pushing her now-deceased husband Josh Hilberling to his death out the window of the 25th floor apartment the couple shared.

Hilberling took the stand late Friday morning to defend herself against the second degree murder charge.

Amber testified that scratches on her shoulder that Tulsa Police detectives took pictures of the day of Josh Hilberling's death were inflicted by Josh.

Defense attorneys also pressed forward with their theory that dangerously thin glass at the apartment is to blame for Josh's death.

The prosecution called rebuttal witnesses after the defense rested to show that the glags in the Hilberling's apartment was safe and up to code. A pair of former cellmates of Hilberling took the stand and testified that Amber made jokes about pushing other inmates through a window.

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