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Jurors hear closing arguments from attorneys in Nevada County murder trial

Attorneys in the murder trial of Jason Schuller argued their cases to jurors on Wednesday, focusing on whether Schuller intentionally and with premeditation killed William Tackett.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said jurors shouldn’t be swayed by arguments that Schuller, 36, may have had a mental illness when he fatally shot Tackett, 67, on March 20, 2016. Instead Walsh asked the jury to examine evidence, including Schuller’s own testimony, that shows Schuller intentionally shot Tackett nine times in the head and once in his hand.

“There’s no such thing under the law as delusional self defense,” Walsh said.

Jurors heard during the trial from Schuller, who said Tackett admitted to being Lucifer and tried to attack him with a knife. Schuller then grabbed a gun and shot him.

Deputy Public Defender Micah Pierce, who represents Schuller, said his client suffered from a severe mental crisis at the time of the shooting. Pierce argued that Schuller had no premeditation or deliberation about Tackett’s death, and that his odd behavior in the weeks before the shooting — talking about snipers and mentioning the anti-Christ in an encounter with police — proves it.

“He believed that Mr. Tackett was a physical threat to him and that’s why he killed Will Tackett,” Pierce said.

Jurors began their deliberations after hearing closing arguments.