Closing arguments concluded this evening in the Robert Dunn – Bobbie Noonan Day Care Killing case, according to Wink News. The case will be handed over for the jury to begin deliberations tomorrow morning, which will mark the beginning of the 6th week of trial. There’s no telling how long jury deliberations will take. I didn’t get to follow the case as closely as I would have liked, but I expect the jury will be able to come to their verdict tomorrow. There are a lot of jury instructions for them to go over, plus multiple charges and multiples degrees for them to sort through.
The State would like the jury to find him guilty not only of the premeditated murder, but also the Burglary and Child Abuse charges, as these would be aggravators when they argue for the death penalty. Child Abuse does not require physical harm to come to a child, and can be based on the infliction of mental harm. Burglary is simply entering a place he was not invited with the intent of committing a crime. It seems the Defense was arguing hard against pre-meditation, as a conviction of the lesser murder charge could spare Dunn’s life. The case for premeditation was circumstantial, but it is a fairly impressive case.