Closing arguments began Tuesday in the trial of a former Rutgers student accused of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate, who later killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge.
On Monday, the defense rested without the defendant, Dharun Ravi, testifying on his own behalf.
The jury will consider 15 counts against Ravi, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, tampering with physical evidence, witness tampering and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
The case caught national attention in 2010 after the suicide of Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi. His death stirred discussion about bullying, with President Barack Obama releasing a videotaped message less than a month later condemning such treatment.
Ravi and fellow student Molly Wei - who admitted joining Ravi to watch a surreptitious webcam encounter involving Clementi and another man in September 2010 - were charged in the wake of Clementi's death.
Facing two counts of invasion of privacy, Wei reached a plea deal in May 2011 that required her to testify against her friend and former high school classmate, as well as to complete a three-year program on cyberbullying and do 300 hours of community service.
But Ravi, now 20, turned down a plea deal offered by Middlesex County prosecutors that would have let him avoid jail time in exchange for undergoing counseling, doing 600 hours of community service and disposing of any information that could identify the man who appeared in the web video with Clementi.
He faces 10 years in prison if convicted on all counts.FULL STORY