Closing arguments in love triangle murder case

Published: May. 23, 2017 at 3:14 PM CDT
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The prosecution and defense each presented their closing arguments in the trial of Shanna Golyar. She's accused of killing her romantic rival, Cari Farver, who has been missing since November 2012. Investigators have never found Farver's body.

Deputy Douglas County Attorney Jim Masteller said: "This was a well-planned, well-executed scheme of the defendant to intercept Cari Farver, murder her, and dispose of her body."

Masteller used a photo of a foot to prove Farver is dead - and that Golyar killed her. The photo was found on a memory card filled with images, including selfies taken by Golyar. Masteller said tattoos on the foot in the photo are identical to Cari Farver's tattoos. He also said the foot in the photo was decomposing.

Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle said: "These are trophy pictures. They memorialize the heinous acts as if it were some kind of accomplishment for her."

Prosecutors allege Golyar confessed to murder in an email - written under an alias - saying she stabbed Farver inside Farver's SUV and then burned the body.

Prosecutors also contend Golyar digitally posed as Farver for years, posting on phony Facebook accounts and sending text messages to Farver's mother.

In his closing argument, Golyar's defense attorney James Martin Davis said: "They've got all this circumstantial evidence, but it doesn't show that my client took a knife and stabbed Cari Farver to death. And that's what this case is all about."

Davis dismissed the foot photo, saying: "That doesn't tell us the cause of death. It doesn't say the manner of death... Those are what you need in a murder case."

Davis also brushed aside Golyar's alleged email confession. He called it a "fantasy."

Golyar waived her right to a jury trial, so her fate is now in the hands of Judge Timothy Burns. Burns said he will issue his verdict Wednesday morning at 9:00. WOWT 6 News will be there.