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Christian Martinez capital murder trial: Closing arguments and deliberation

Jurors weighing out evidence

By: Melissa Gundersen
From listening to the buzz around the courthouse it seems most people didn’t think it would take long for jurors to reach a verdict in the Christian Martinez capital murder trial.  Just a reminder: he’s accused of killing Amalia Flores, 58, and her daughter Jovana Flores, 20, by stabbing them more than 100 times combined and then attempting suicide in their home in January 2011.

Jurors, however, are taking their time to decide whether Martinez is guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity (like the defense is claiming).  They spent five hours deliberating Wednesday without any breaks.  Within the first hour jurors requested to see the physical evidence, which includes the knives Martinez allegedly used the day of the stabbings. 

Around 6 p.m. the judge sent jurors to a hotel for the night.  They will continue their deliberation efforts Thursday morning.  At this point, it’s hard to predict which way they’re leaning.

In my opinion, both the state and defense gave extremely story closing arguments in the morning.  Closings are the last arguments jurors heard before going to the jury room and going over all the evidence.

The defense recapped the last week and a half of testimony and talked blames Martinez’s actions on insanity.  Defense attorney Joe Spencer tried knocking down the credibility of the state’s expert witness by saying he caught their psychologist in several lies.  However, prosecuting attorney Bill Anderson was quick to snap back.

Anderson talked about why he believes the evidence shows Martinez was trying to clean up the crime scene and knew his actions were wrong. You can read more about that in my web story detailing closing arguments.Christian Martinez capital murder trial: Closing arguments and deliberation

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