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LA jury set to resume deliberations in murder case of Rockefeller impostor

  • Prosecutor Habib Balian makes his final arguments in the murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Gerhartsreiter  has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus' mother, where the couple lived. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Walter Mancini, Pool )

    Prosecutor Habib Balian makes his final arguments in the murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Gerhartsreiter has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus' mother, where the couple lived. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Walter Mancini, Pool )  (The Associated Press)

  • Christian Gerhartsreiter listens to final arguments by prosecutor Habib Balian during his trial at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Gerhartsreiter  has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus' mother, where the couple lived. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Walter Mancini, Pool )

    Christian Gerhartsreiter listens to final arguments by prosecutor Habib Balian during his trial at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Gerhartsreiter has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus' mother, where the couple lived. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Walter Mancini, Pool )  (The Associated Press)

  • A photo of swimming pool area being unearthed 1994 and finding the remains of John Sohus in the backyard of a home on Loraine Road in San Marino is shown during final arguments by prosecutor Habib Balian in the murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  Gerhartsreiter  has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus' mother, where the couple lived. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pool )

    A photo of swimming pool area being unearthed 1994 and finding the remains of John Sohus in the backyard of a home on Loraine Road in San Marino is shown during final arguments by prosecutor Habib Balian in the murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Gerhartsreiter has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus' mother, where the couple lived. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pool )  (The Associated Press)

Jurors on Wednesday were slated to deliberate the case of a Rockefeller impostor accused in the decades-old murder of a California man whose wife also disappeared.

Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German immigrant whose elaborate charade as a member of the fabled Rockefeller oil family unraveled when he was arrested, is charged in the murder of John Sohus, who disappeared in 1985.

The jury of six men and six women received the case Tuesday and deliberated for half the day before going home without reaching a verdict.

Gerhartsreiter's lawyers say Sohus was killed by his own wife, who has been missing since the couple vanished.

Prosecutors have ridiculed that theory, but acknowledge that the jury had not been presented a motive for the killing in the three-weeks-long trial.

"Some cases are so old that you never get every question answered," Deputy District Attorney Habib Balian said.

He urged jurors to find Gerhartsreiter guilty anyway.

"He's gotten away with it long enough," Balian said. "Hold this man accountable."

The bones of John Sohus were unearthed in the backyard of his mother's former house in San Marino in 1995. Gerhartsreiter lived as a tenant on the property in 1984 and 1985, vanishing around the same time the couple disappeared, according to witnesses.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Jeffrey Denner described his client as "an odd guy" but not a killer. Gerhartsreiter used many aliases, including the name Clark Rockefeller.