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Jury begins deliberations in Dan Markel murder trial

Posted at 7:14 AM, Oct 11, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After six hours of closing arguments, the case is now in the jury's hands. A couple of different things could happen during deliberations.

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If the jury does what the state wants, Sigfredo Garcia could be put to death. Katherine Magbanua could spend the rest of her life in prison.

Now this all depends on if the jury decides to find the two guilty of first degree murder.

Second degree murder and manslaughter are also on the table. During closing arguments the state and defense attorneys had one more time to make their case.

"But all those little bread crumbs led to the same place. The Prius led to Rivera, Rivera led to Garcia, and the bad blood led to the Adelsons and both trails end with Katherine Magbanua," said Georgia Cappleman, Assistant State Attorney.

"In October itself, there are three crimes on that wire that he confessed to and admitted to you. That does not form the theory of the government's case. So control alt delete," said Saam Zangeneh, Garcia's Defense Attorney.

The jury has been deliberating since about 4 p.m. Thursday.

If they can't come to a decision by 9 p.m. Thursday, they will be put into a hotel and go back at it Friday morning.

To watch the trial live, click here. If you missed something in court, you can see our daily recaps here.