|Defense rests in Anderson trial|
|Written by Lauren Ohnesorge|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2007 04:53|
Jurors are deliberating today in the nine-week trial of Sawmills murder suspect Jerry Anderson.The defense rested after only three days of testimony. The prosecution’s case took nearly four weeks.
Yesterday defense attorneys renewed their motion to dismiss the charges against Anderson, saying the state has not shown substantial evidence to convict. Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas countered, saying “substantial evidence that the defendant committed this crime” was presented.
The motion to dismiss was denied.
Anderson is accused of killing wife Emily who disappeared December 29 of 2005. Her truck was found in Duncan, South Carolina January 7, 2006, but her body was not discovered in its toolbox until later that day when the truck had been returned to Caldwell for processing.
After closing arguments today- jurors will determine Anderson’s fate. They can either judge him guilty of first-degree murder or clear him of charges- the option to lessen the offense to second-degree murder was objected by defense attorneys and denied by Judge David S. Cayer.If Anderson is found guilty, the sentencing phase will follow. While the jury could sentence Anderson to life in prison, the state is pursuing the death penalty.
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