Friend of woman convicted of mom's murder faces jury
Closing arguments were made Thursday in the trial of Carmela Magnetti, accused of helping to plot and cover up the murder of her best friend's mother.
The jury began deliberating at 1:00 p.m., and the 12 members of the jury sent the judge several notes, requesting to see crime scene evidence and photos, as well as cell phone records.
Magnetti?s friend, Anna Trovato, has already been convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing her mother, Patricia Mery, 24 times with a kitchen knife and then hitting her with a baseball bat on Mother's Day in 2006.
At the time of the murder, Trovato and her mother were locked in a battle over the custody of Trovato?s daughter, Arianna.
Trovato testified Tuesday, defending her best friend and blaming Magnetti's cousin Arthur Walsh for her mother's death.
In the closing arguments of the Magentti trial, the prosecution said Magnetti played a key role in the crime, concocting an alibi for herself and Trovato.
The prosecutors also said Magentti was the one who drove Trovato to her mother?s Ossining house, knowing she intended to kill Mery, and later Magnetti helped her friend clean the crime scene with bleach and destroy bloody evidence.
But Magnetti?s attorneys said the prosecution?s case is rooted in fantasy and sloppy police work, and that police ?want to wrap up the case quickly and put a bow on it.? The defense claims that the real murderer is still on the loose.
If convicted, Magnetti could spend the next 15 years in prison.