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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand jury has been asked to decide whether a British backpacker was murdered or died accidentally after a sex game went wrong.
Grace Millane died last December on her 22nd birthday after meeting a man through the dating app Tinder and going back to his hotel apartment in central Auckland. The man later stuffed her body into a suitcase and buried her in a shallow grave.
Prosecutors say the man strangled Millane to death. Defense lawyers argue the pair was engaged in consensual erotic choking that went too far.
After a three-week trial, the judge on Friday summed up the case and turned it over to the jury.
The name of the 27-year-old charged with murdering Millane is being kept secret for now by court order.