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Wanda Turner Murder Trial Day 5

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The first-degree murder trial against Wanda Turner is now in the hands of the jury, which is scheduled to begin deliberations Saturday morning.

Turner is accused of murdering Robert Snead after a fight in 2012. The fifth day of her trial moved quickly. After taking almost a week to present its case, the prosecution rested before noon Friday.

The defense then took only a few hours to present all of its evidence. Turner did not take the stand to defend herself. Later, in closing arguments the commonwealth's attorneys claimed Turner's attack was brutal and premeditated, and that she struck him 28 times with a blunt object and 26 times with a sharp one. And compared to the victim’s, Turner's injuries amounted to a "paper cut" on her finger and very little bruising.

The defense team's closing argument told a very different story. Turner's attorneys claim it was Snead who became hostile toward Turner after a day of looking at porn. They said Snead called her “the N word," ripped out some of Turner's hair and pinned her down. The defense claims she reached for anything she could to protect herself and that is how Snead died.

Snead was found dead at his Fairway Avenue home in March 2012.

Court wrapped up shortly before 7 p.m. Friday. The jury will pick up the case Saturday at 9 a.m. and will continue deliberating through the weekend until it reaches a verdict.

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