Jurors hear closing arguments from attorneys in Nevada County murder trial
December 19, 2017
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.
“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.