LOS ANGELES — Attorneys finished closing arguments in the penalty phase in the case against Juan Manuel Alvarez, the 29-year-old construction worker who faces the prospect of either death or life without the possibility of parole.
The nine-woman, three-man jury found Alvarez guilty on June 26 of 11 counts of murder and one count of arson for causing the 2005 Metrolink train derailment that killed 11 people and injured more than 180 crew and passengers. Officials have called it one of the most destructive incidents in rail history.
Monday morning, prosecutors and defense attorneys presented competing versions of what they view as acceptable punishments for Alvarez.
Deputy Dist. Atty. John Monaghan showed jurors pictures of the 11 crash fatalities, each lying on a morgue table, juxtaposed by images of their smiling faces.