GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – Jurors in the Paige Birgfeld murder trial received the case on Friday and will return after the Labor Day holiday weekend to deliberate.
Lester Jones was arrested in November 2014 for the June 2007 murder of Birgfeld.
Authorities allege he killed Birgfeld, dumped her body and torched her car. He has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and arson.
Medical professionals have testified earlier in the trial that they couldn’t tell for sure how Birgfeld died. Her skeletal remains were found in 2012, in a dry creek bed in neighboring Delta County county.
Investigators say Birgfeld, twice divorced and living in Grand Junction about 200 miles west of Denver, led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients.
Jones was arrested after detectives questioned — and ruled out — at least eight other men, including Birgfeld’s former husband and several other clients.
The defense has presented five other men they claim could have killed Birgfeld.