Jurors in the Springer murder trial will have a long weekend to mull over what they have heard and seen over the last two weeks before they will be asked to come up with a verdict.
Anthony and Marsha Springer are charged with felony murder, child abuse and torture for chaining Calista Springer, their 16-year-old special needs child, to her bed. She died when the house caught fire two years ago this month. Prosecutor John McDonough claims somebody has to pay, and the Springer’s are responsible.
But defense attorney Victor bland says to be guilty in the eyes of the law, they had to want Calista to die. All they wanted to do was to protect the self-destructive child from harming herself and others.
The jury met briefly Friday afternoon before the Judge sent them home for the weekend, giving them instructions not to talk to anyone about the case and to avoid the media. Deliberations will resume Tuesday morning.