James Bidwell had nothing to say as he left a Monroe County courtroom following closing statements in his murder trial.

Prosecutors say Bidwell strangled his girlfriend Kristen Wagner and then hung her body in a refrigeration truck at his Stroud Township business in 2011.

The death was initially ruled a suicide, but years later police got a tip from a a business associate of Bidwell, who claimed Bidwell confessed to killing Wagner and staging things to look like a suicide.

During closing, the prosecution described how they believe Bidwell staged the crime scene, saying the cord used to hang Wagner's body wasn't properly tied and wouldn't have killed her and that her footprints were not in the trailer where her body was found.

What was found, they say, was a set of workboot prints. Then the prosecution showed a picture of Bidwell in workboots and told jurors cell phone records placed him in the area at the time of the murder.

The defense says Wagner's death was a suicide, and that two forensic experts backed it up. The defense says Wagner was distraught over losing her kids and told someone at drug rehab she wanted that she wanted to inject bleach into her veins.

As for the person who tipped off police, the defense says he's a career criminal who stole from Bidwell and can't be trusted.

If convicted Bidwell faces life in prison.

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