Updated 09/24/2009 06:06 AM
Jury deliberations in Alan Jones trial
It's been a trial with heated testimony and huge public interest. And now, a jury is deciding whether or not to convict Alan Jones of murder. Jones is accused of killing his 11-year-old stepsister, Erin Maxwell, last summer. Our Andy Mattison has been in the courtroom from the beginning and has more.
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OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Jury deliberations will resume Thursday morning in the Alan Jones murder trial. Jones is accused of killing his 11-year-old stepsister, Erin Maxwell, at the family's home in Palermo last year.
The jury of 12 men spent four hours deliberating Wednesday. Jones is accused of strangling Erin in her bedroom.
The defense maintains the girl was playing with a rope tied to a screw and accidentally hanged herself. Jury members asked to hear back testimony from two expert witnesses.
Jones' mother and stepfather, Lynn and Lindsey Maxwell, have sat through the entire trial and spoke about Erin and the charges against Jones.
The Maxwells were convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with Erin's death. They are awaiting sentencing next month.