Jury begins deliberations in trial of man accused of killing bodybuilder in '96; Prosecution sought to link defendant to crime through DNA evidence


An Anne Arundel County jury began deliberations yesterday in the weeklong trial of Richard W. Brooks on murder charges in the killing of a Pasadena bodybuilder in 1996.

The jury received the case at 12: 15 p.m., and no verdict had been received by late in the day, said Kristin Riggin, a spokeswoman for the county state's attorney's office.

Brooks, 34, who had no fixed address, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of James F. Holtgreve, 32, whose body was found lying in a pool of blood Dec. 23, 1996, at his secluded home in the 700 block of Seaborne Court.

He had been shot several times in the head, and his throat cut twice. The body was found just inside his doorway by a roommate.

A key element of the case was an effort by the prosecution to link DNA evidence -- blood found in Holtgreve's pants pocket, and saliva in a motorcycle helmet left in the kitchen -- to Brooks.

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