Jury deliberations underway in Mandell trial

Closing arguments take place Friday in the Steven Mandell murder-conspiracy trial.

The prosecution and defense each have 40 minutes to make their cases.

Prosecutors say Mandell viewed life as something to be squeezed and drained, and held up a .22 caliber luger.

The jury may even start deliberations after lunch.

On Thursday, the former Chicago police officer testified in his own defense.

He denied he would have carried-out the abduction, torture and grisly murder of a businessman from Riverside. He also rejected accusations he lied to the court, the f-b-i, and his wife.

But on Friday, the prosecution said Mandell paid too much attention to detail to not move ahead with the plot.

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