Posted: Mar 21, 2013 6:30 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Updated: Mar 21, 2013 7:19 PM
Closing arguments were presented Thursday in the Dystiny Myers murder trial.
Rhonda Wisto and her son, Frank York, are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and torture in the death of the 15-year-old girl, whose body was found beaten and burned near Santa Margarita back in September of 2010.
Now more than two years later, York and Wisto are the final two suspects left to be tried.
After almost 5 hours of closing arguments from both sides, the jury was sent to deliberate.
They'll have hours of testimony and evidence to sort through before deciding if Wisto and York were involved in Myers' murder.
After hearing from more than 40 witnesses and collecting 200 pieces of evidence, the prosecution put together the final pieces of its case.
"You got to put them together and when you put them together you see the answers. You can see truth," said prosecutor Tim Covello.
"She was bound with duct tape. Then, when they ran out of duc tape, they got the yellow rope. They wrapped it around her. They wrapped it around her body and up her back," said Covello.
Covello reviewed the weapons used and the evidence against Wisto and York and why prosecutors believe someone wanted the Santa Maria girl murdered.
"Rhonda was upset about Dystiny disrespecting her property, her home, and carving on a desk," said Covello.
Covello says it was a group effort, that Rhonda Wisto facilitated the murder and her son, Frank York, along with Ty Michael Hill, Cody Miller and Jason Greenwell, killed Dystiny.
The defense refutes those charges.
"Because I don't believe when you get back there and deliberate and start forming your opinions, I do not believe the facts and evidence of this case that you're going to find that Jason Greenwell was truthful. I think you're going to find that Jason Greenwell was what I told you before - A serial liar," said Wisto's defense attorney, Michael Cummins.
"Rhonda Wisto's fingerprints are no where to be found in the course of this investigation," said Cummins.
As for the other suspects in this case, Ty Michael Hill was charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Cody Miller also pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Jason Greenwell took a deal with the District Attorney's Office and will have the opportunity for parole in 15 years.
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