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Closing Friday in West Virginia murder trial of Florida man

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WHEELING, W.Va. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled in the trial of a Florida man charged with killing a Wheeling Jesuit University student.

Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Florida, is on trial in Ohio County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasia, Pennsylvania.

According to media reports, opposing lawyers rested Thursday. They were to present their closings on Friday.

Peacock testified Thursday, offering his version of the deadly encounter in August 2013 with Figaniak. He admitted he was intoxicated and did not remember kicking Figaniak in the head.

Prosecutors say Figaniak was beaten during an argument and died the next day.

Co-defendant Jarrett Mathis Chandler of Winnfield, Louisana, pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

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