"God" Invoked in Jonesboro Murder Trial

September 25, 2003 - Posted at: 8:38 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- A defense attorney is arguing that his client, who told police God urged him to kill his cousin's wife, should be found innocent by reason of mental illness.

Joel Brian Holloway is on trial in Jonesboro.  One of the bullets he fired lodged in a Bible the victim was clutching.

The 30-year-old man told police he fired eight shots into Tracy Holloway's body because he believed she was listening to religous music that was blasphemous.

Deputy Prosecutor Alan Copelin says there is no question that Joel Holloway committed the crime.

Defense Attorney David Rees told jurors that twenty years of mental illness and an addiction to methamphetamines combined to make Holloway irrational and unable to control his actions.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.