Closing arguments in trial of man accused of killing sons

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The fate of a Scottsdale father accused shooting and killing his two young sons during a bitter divorce with the children's mother is now in the hands of a Maricopa County jury.

Andre Michael Leteve is charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the early 2010 killings of 5-year-old Alec and 1-year-old Asher Leteve inside the family's home in Scottsdale gated neighborhood.

After shooting his sons, Leteve then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the face in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

In a rare case of agreement, both prosecutors and Leteve's defense team acknowledge that Andre Leteve fired a .38 caliber revolver into the back of the two little boy's heads.

But the two sides differ over the question of whether the horrific act was premeditated and therefore deserving the death penalty.

Prosecutors contend the killings were a calculated, premeditated and revengeful act carried out by Leteve as a way of punishing his estranged wife Laurie Leteve who was divorcing her husband after finding out that he had frequented multiple prostitutes.

Leteve's defense lawyers, however, countered by telling jurors that the killings were not premeditated, but instead a spontaneous eruption of violence from a man depressed and despondent over the break up of his marriage and a mountain of personal financial problems.

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