Closing arguments heard in the James Sweeney murder trial

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FARMINGTON, Maine (WABI) - Closing arguments were heard today in the murder trial of a Jay man.

James Sweeney, 58, is accused of killing his girlfriend Wendy Douglass, 51.

"There can be no dispute that the State has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Wendy Douglass is dead and that she died as a result of multiple blunt force impact, and that it was the defendant that caused her death," said Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.

In closing arguments Monday, the State laid out the evidence to prove that James Sweeney is guilty of the July 2017 murder of Wendy Douglass.

Authorities say Sweeney admitted to the murder and turned himself in just hours after it happened.

He pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

The defense's closing argument relied heavily on the testimony of a mental health expert who diagnosed Sweeney with Schizophrenia.

They said that he did not want to hurt Douglass, but was directed to do it by sounds in his head.

"Dr. Pollard explained to you that when the rush of everything is over and you see what you did and you know it's wrong, it doesn't mean you were calculating and you were acting with intent and you were acting with knowledge in the midst of it happening," said Woody Hanstein, one of Sweeney's defense attorneys.

The state's mental health expert disagreed on the diagnosis of Schizophrenia but said that Sweeney does indeed have mental health issues.

The judge will announce his verdict on February 1.