Gas station clerk's kidnapping, slaying goes to jury

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Gas station clerk's kidnapping, slaying goes to jury
Jeffrey Willis sits in the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in Muskegon, Mich., Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Willis is facing trial for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared from her late-night job at a Norton Shores gas station in April 2013. Her body has never been recovered. (Mike Krebs /Muskegon Chronicle via AP)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Muskegon County jury is deliberating the fate of a man charged in the kidnapping and slaying of a western Michigan gas station clerk.

Closing arguments ended Wednesday in the murder trial of Jeffrey Willis. He is accused of killing 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared in 2013.

Defense attorney Fred Johnson has argued there’s no evidence Willis killed or kidnapped Heeringa, whose body hasn’t been found.

Willis was convicted last year in the 2014 fatal shooting of jogger Rebekah Bletsch. He’s serving a life sentence in her death. Willis denied wrongdoing during that trial.

Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson has said Willis had computer files containing information about the Bletsch and Heeringa cases.

Willis also is expected to stand trial in the 2016 attempted kidnapping of a teenager.