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Jurors Deliberate in Murder Trial in Ellsworth, Maine

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Prosecutors say a carpenter accused of killing his employer and raiding the man's bank accounts to the tune of $180,000 "had it down to a science.'' But the defense says investigators failed to prove who fired the fatal shots.

WNSX-FM reports that jurors began deliberations Friday after closing arguments in the trial of William Morse, who's charged with killing 61-year-old Richard Bellittieri and leading a lifestyle that led to the nickname "hundred dollar bill.''

Witnesses said Morse even presented himself as Bellittieri at times.

Bellittieri was an accountant who hired Morse to work on his home in Trenton.

The state medical examiner said Bellitteiri was shot several times, including twice in the head, before his body was buried with some potting soil and several logs on his property.