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'Rockefeller' Kidnapping Case Goes To Jury

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The kidnapping case of the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller is in the hands of a jury.

Rockefeller, whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, is charged with snatching his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh, during a supervised visit in Boston last July. He and the girl were found six days later in Baltimore.

Closing arguments Monday focused on Gerhartsreiter's mental health.

Gerhartsreiter's lawyer told the jury his client is a devoted father, but clearly insane, and his mental illness exploded when he lost custody of his daughter.

But  the prosecution depicted Gerhartsreiter as a master manipulator who was angry — not insane — when he kidnapped his daughter.

Assistant District Attorney David Deakin told the jury the case is not about insanity. Deakin said Gerhartsreiter carefully planned the kidnapping and knew what he was doing was wrong.

"At any given time, he could have tried to abduct her as they were in a crowd at Fenway Park," Deakin said. "But he didn't. He comported his behavior with the dictates of the law. He didn't make a move to abduct his daughter until all the getaway cars were in place."

Gerhartsreiter faces four criminal charges with up to 10 years in jail if he's convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This program aired on June 8, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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