Manslaughter or murder? Closing arguments begin in brutal Vancouver double killing

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Closing arguments in the trial of a man who brutally killed a couple at their home in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood in 2017 began on Tuesday.

Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam has pleaded not-guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, though has admitted to the slayings and described them in detail on the stand.

The question before the court now is not whether Kam killed respected occupational therapist Dianna Mah-Jones, 64, and her retired husband Richard Jones, 68, but whether it was planed and deliberate.

Mah-Jones suffered a slit throat while Jones had been hacked with a hatchet and stabbed more than 100 times. The two were found in a blood-splattered shower stall, in a scene police described as “catastrophic.”

The court has heard that Kam was obsessed with violent video games, and the judge ruled last week that testimony from a psychologist, arguing he may have been in a “gaming consciousness,” was admissible.

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