The Trial of John Jonchuck, Day 20: Closing arguments and deliberation

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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.

Jonchuck is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe.

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.

Catch up on our Day 19 blog

Read our previous coverage of the case below:

Timeline and who’s who

The trial of John Jonchuck comes down to one question: Evil or insane?

The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck

The trial of John Jonchuck: Why we’ll be there every day

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