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Jury Deciding Fate Of Colorado Hiker, Biker Attacker

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - A jury is deliberating the case of a Loveland man accused of attacking two female hikers and robbing women drivers from a motorcycle.

The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported that closing arguments were given Monday in the trial of 40-year-old James Bondsteel.

He faces 23 charges relating to sexual assault, kidnapping, attempted rape and aggravated robbery.

Prosecutors have been relying on evidence that links Bondsteel's DNA to a backpack owned by one of the hikers he's accused of attacking.

Both the defense and prosecutors have pointed to testimony from Bondsteel's former wife. She told the court her husband confessed that he was the one behind the 2009 attacks.

The defense says Tami Bondsteel isn't reliable and "flat-out wrong." Prosecutors say she has provided investigators with details that she only could have learned from Bondsteel himself.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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