OGDEN -- The case will go to the jury Thursday as Robert McCullar's trial for a murder that allegedly capped a dispute over a cigarette winds down.
Closing arguments were set for Thursday morning after testimony ended Tuesday afternoon in the trial that began July 11 before 2nd District Judge W. Brent West.
McCullar, 50, is charged with the Dec. 22, 2009, stabbing death of Filiberto Robles Bedolla, 49, at 2560 Adams Ave.
The confrontation began when Bedolla took McCullar's cigarette, then called him a racial slur and spat upon him. McCullar secretly followed him to his apartment, according to the prosecution, attacking him just inside the door, which he caught before it closed.
The eight-member jury has endured a lurid look at Ogden's underworld, with McCullar's 47-year-old prostitute girlfriend testifying against him. Police have McCullar on tape describing the murder to her as she worked as an informant for investigators.
But the defense argued McCullar was only trying to impress the woman. And possibly make a name for himself with his "girls," the prostitute friends he sometimes protected and slept with when they worked the streets of Ogden between 21st and 25th streets from Adams Avenue to Monroe Boulevard.
The day of the killing McCullar was homeless, staying with friends who only let him in to avoid his tirades on their front porch and pounding on their front door if they didn't open it.
Bedolla was also robbed of $3,000 in cash as well as stabbed 14 times, but McCullar's finances didn't change noticeably after the killing. While he said he slashed Bedolla's throat with a jagged piece of glass, the state medical examiner's office said it was done with a single-edged knife blade.
Bedolla's body was found on his bed, a porn video playing in the DVD-TV combo set at the foot of his bed. The remote was smeared with his blood as well as the DVD case for the video.
McCullar has been held without bail in Weber County Jail since his arrest in February 2010.