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Closing Arguments Presented in Denton-McCaster Trial
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After five days of testimony with more than two dozen witnesses, the prosecution and defense have wrapped up their case in the trial of a Springfield woman charged with killing and dismembering her husband.
The jury is deciding whether or not Juatasha Denton-McCaster is guilty. The 24-year-old is charged with seven criminal counts, including first-degree murder, dismembering a body, concealing a homicide, and obstructing justice.
Today in closing arguments, prosecutors painted a picture of Denton-McCaster unhappy in her marriage, citing her journal entries.They said it's evident she had a plan to kill her husband, and broke down a timeline from Google searches on her laptop about how to kill and get away with it; to putting eye drops in his drinks to poison him; to buying supplies to carry out the plan that investigators found evidence of in her trash; to borrowing a gun and shooting him in the head, before dismembering him and dumping his body parts.
The defense argued Denton-McCaster did not kill her husband and the case is "strictly circumstantial," and tried discrediting the sheriff's office's investigation.
As the victim's family members await the jury's verdict, they've already convicted Denton-McCaster.
"How heartless could you be to do something like that?," Kecia Forrest, the victim's sister, said. "My brother loved her regardless of what any of us had to say about her."
We'll continue to wait for a verdict in this case. If convicted on all counts, Denton-McCaster could spend 60-plus years in prison.