Closing arguments slated in trial in college dorm death

Gregorio Orrostieta
Gregorio Orrostieta

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a man accused of beating and strangling his college freshman girlfriend in her central Pennsylvania dormitory

Twenty-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta is charged in Lancaster County in the death of 18-year-old Karlie Hall at Millersville University in February 2015.

Defense witnesses testified Friday that Hall’s death stemmed from an earlier injury and a nosebleed rather than the defendant’s actions and hair found in the victim’s hand wasn’t consistent with his hair.

Prosecutors have described the defendant as possessive and jealous and said he cursed at and shoved her at a party earlier that night.

Police say Orrostieta told them he shoved Hall, causing her to fall and hit her head.


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