Closing arguments are wrapping up in the James Ealy murder trial.
Ealy, 48 , is accused of strangling and stabbing a Lindenhurst Burger King manager in 2006.
A moment of drama came during closing arguments at the Lake County Courthouse.
Prosecutors made the argument that despite the lack of physical evidence, all the bits of information taken together points to Ealy as the killer.
Prosecutors said Ealy repeatedly lied to police when investigators first questioned him.
They said Ealy failed to tell detectives about two calls placed from his cell phone just minutes before the murder and robbery.
Investigator’s contend Ealy talked his way into the store, where he was highly regarded by the store manager, Mary Hutchinson.
Defense lawyers said there’s no fingerprints or DNA evidence tying Ealy to the crime.
Prosecutors said Ealy made a series of incriminating statements to detectives … including a comment purportedly made at the police station during a bathroom break. Where he reportedly said, “Tell Mary’s husband I’m sorry for what I did to Mary.”
This isn’t the first time Eal’s been on trial for murder. He was convicted of killing four Chicago public housing residents in 1982. But an appeals court reversed the decision … saying police violated Ealy’s rights.