Hales

Douglas Hales being escorted into Saskatoon's Court of Queen's Bench. (CBC)

The prosecution and defence have made their final arguments in the Douglas Hales first degree murder trial.

Hales is accused of killing U of S student Daleen Bosse in 2004.

Hales was charged in 2008 after telling undercover police officers posing as gangsters that he strangled Bosse, then set her body on fire.

After the arrest, Hales maintained he lied to police, embellishing his story to try and gain access to what he believed was a criminal gang trying to recruit him.

Hales's defence team maintains Bosse died from alcohol poisoning, and that the accused man panicked and set her body on fire after seeing her lifeless body.

Prosecutors argue that version of events doesn't make any sense, and that Hales burned the body to cover his tracks.

Justice Gerald Allbright has reserved his decision until August 29th.