• Jury weighs fate of Mass. double-slaying suspect


    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The case of a Brockton man charged with two racially motivated killings is in the hands of a jury.

    The Brockton Superior Court jury is expected to resume deliberations Thursday after starting Wednesday, following closing statements in the trial of 26-year-old Keith Luke.

    Luke, who once showed up in court with a swastika carved into his forehead, is accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man in January 2009. He allegedly told police he wanted to kill "nonwhites." His victims were of Cape Verdean descent.

    Luke's lawyer said in closings that his client has history of mental illness, including paranoid schizophrenia, and is not criminally responsible.

    The prosecutor said it was not mental disease that caused Luke to kill. He said experts found no psychosis and the killings were carefully planned.

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