Jurors Deciding Fate of Stepson Accused in Dad's Slaying

Defendant's sister to stand trial in January

A man accused of killing his stepfather -- with the help of his sister -- awaits a decision from a jury in East County.

Closing arguments were presented in the case of Nathaniel Gann, 20.  Prosecutors said Gann killed Timothy MacNeil, a lawyer, in his Rolando home in July of 2007.  Beside murder, Gann is charged with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait and an allegation that he personally discharged a firearm.

Gann's attorney said his client had no motive and that Gann was going to college in Arizona, and did not feel any animosity towards his stepfather.

"The evidence doesn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. it is not a part of this character, or his nature. That alone is enough," he said.

Prosecutors allege Gann shot MacNeil from behind for his sister, Brae Hansen, 19, who was mad at MacNeil. Investigators believe the pair tried to make the slaying look like a phony home invasion robbery.

Their mother committed suicide the year before.

Hansen confessed to planning the murder with Gann, according to police. Defense attorneys, however, maintain that her rights were violated.  She is scheduled to go to trial in January.

Gann faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted  of first-degree murder and a special circumstance of lying in wait.

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