Prosecutor: Man charged with killing 6-year-old not insane

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Posted: Apr 15, 2015 5:32 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor has urged jurors to reject an insanity defense from an Arizona man charged with killing his brother and then gunning down a witness, the brother's 6-year-old son.

Christopher Rey Licon (LEE-cone) claims to have had a psychotic episode in 2010 when his half brother Angel Jaquez (HAH'-quez) and nephew Xavier Jaquez were killed.

Sanitation workers found the child's body in an alley.

Authorities allege Licon killed his half brother during a drug dispute.

Prosecutor Laura Reckart said in opening statements Wednesday that Licon was aware of his actions when he killed his brother and nephew.

Licon's attorney James Wilson says his client's psychological condition was deteriorating in the weeks before the killings.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.