The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 20: Closing arguments and deliberation
John Jonchuck’s murder trial could end today.
With testimony finished, the only thing left for lawyers to do before the jury begins to deliberate is make their closing arguments.
Judge Chris Helinger has budgeted four hours today for arguments. Each side will get two hours: The prosecution will go first, then the defense and then the prosecution again. Prosecutors can break up their time however they choose.
The closing arguments represent the final time lawyers will talk to the jury and serve as capstones for the more than three weeks of testimony. With all the evidence now presented, the arguments are pitches to jurors to believe in one narrative over the other.
Helinger hopes jurors will begin deliberating no later than 3 p.m. She has already said they are welcome to work late as they like tonight to reach a verdict, or agree to come back Tuesday morning.
Read our previous coverage of the case below: