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OKLAHOMA -- It’s week three in the trial of a Moore homeowner suing Farmers Insurance Company.

Gabriel and Claudia Becerra are suing the insurance giant after they say the company did not settle fairly with them after the Moore 2013 tornado.

The Becerra’s home sat right behind the Warren Theatre and was heavily damaged in the storm.

The City of Moore ultimately demolished the home in December of 2013.

On Monday, the jury heard from the plaintiff himself, Gabriel Becerra.

Becerra talked about how it was difficult to see his home get demolished, but that he didn’t think it could be rebuilt as damaged as it was.

He spoke about his decision to hire an attorney and how he felt he needed help and assistance through the process.

During his testimony, he said Farmers had paid him a little more than $54,000 as part of his claim.

He said that money is being held by his mortgage company because he is still making monthly payments on a house that no longer exists.

Last week, jurors saw a videotaped deposition from Farmers CEO, Jeffrey Dailey.

Dailey was asked by the plaintiff’s attorney “In Farmers’ opinion, what's the only critical issue in this case is?”

He was asked if it was “Media exposure?”

Dailey responded “From my perspective, I wouldn’t be that concerned about it.”

When asked what he meant, he replies “The media exposure in this case, whichever way it goes, is not going to – for a company our size is - not going to matter that much.”

This, despite the fact that Farmers filed two different motions to limit pre-trial publicity in the case.

Closing arguments are expected to happen later this week, and the judge instructed jurors on Monday that she believes the trial will wrap up by the end of the week.

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