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Video shows man on trial for murder describing the killing

February 7, 2019
Defendant Liam McAtasney looks toward the gallery where his family is seated, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, during his murder trial at the Monmouth County courthouse in Freehold, N.J. McAtasney is accused of killing Sarah Stern in December 2016. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A jury has watched the videotaped conversation in which a man accused of strangling a former high school classmate during a $10,000 robbery describes how he killed her and timed her death.

NJ.com reports the conversation between Liam McAtasney and his friend occurred in the friend’s car on Jan. 31, 2017, days before McAtasney and an accomplice were charged with killing 19-year-old Sarah Stern.

McAtasney says in the video he “pretty much hung her” and it took 30 minutes for her to die. He says he set a timer.

He says the biggest problem was Stern’s dog, which “laid there and watched as I killed her.”

Stern’s father and family members cried as the video played in court Thursday.

Prosecutors allege 21-year-old McAtasney killed Stern in December 2016. Another former classmate said they threw her body off the bridge.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com

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