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Weapon produced in Hollywood trial

June 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jesse James Hollywood was back on the stand Wednesday in his kidnap-murder trial. And prosecutors produced the weapon they claim Hollywood and his friends used to kill a 15-year-old boy.A judge's gag order does not allow Nicholas Markowitz's family, Jesse James Hollywood's family or the attorneys talk about the proceedings that go on inside the courtroom until after the trial is over.

The same people packed the courtroom to listen to Deputy District Attorney Joshua Lynn question Hollywood about the murder.

Lynn asked Hollywood if he participated in the kidnapping of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz on August 6, 2000. Hollywood admitted he was a participant.

The murder weapon used was a Tech DC-9 gun, modified and turned into an assault weapon. The gun was brought out. When Hollywood was asked about the gun he said that he owned it and that a friend had stored it. It was the gun used to kill Nicholas Markowitz two days after he was kidnapped.

Markowitz was shot and killed in the hills above Santa Barbara. The gun and body were buried there.

The prosecutor asked Hollywood if he had ordered his friends to kill Nicholas Markowitz. Hollywood insisted he did not.

Markowitz was picked up in a van that Hollywood was a passenger in. Hollywood confronted Markowitz, wanting to know where he could find Markowitz's older brother, Ben. At the time Hollywood had been fighting with Ben over a $2,500 drug debt.

From there Markowitz was driven to Santa Barbara where he was later killed. Hollywood testified that Markowitz was free to go when they were in Santa Barbara. Hollywood said Wednesday that after smoking pot and playing video games with Markowitz at a friend's house in Santa Barbara, Hollywood asked Markowitz he if wanted to come back to the valley.

"I asked him specifically if you want to come back to the valley with us. He said, 'No, I'm cool,"' Hollywood said.

If convicted, Hollywood could be sentenced to death.

The movie "Alpha Dog" was inspired by the case.

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