BREAKING - The murder trial of Echuca woman Tracey Kerr has concluded, with the jury returning this afternoon to return a verdict of not guilty to the charge of murder and guilty to the alternate charge of manslaughter.May 15, 2014 2:40pm
The murder trial of Echuca woman Tracey Kerr has concluded, with the jury returning this afternoon to return a verdict of not guilty to the charge of murder and guilty to the alternate charge of manslaughter.
The case has taken place in the Victorian Supreme Court over the last week, with evidence given from prosecution and defence into the stabbing death of Echuca man Doug Barrett at his Pascoe St home in May 2012.
The jury began deliberating on Monday and has returned a verdict this afternoon.
As part of the closing statements made on Friday, Crown prosecutor Peter Rose QC said it was the Crown's case that Kerr, 42, killed Mr Barrett by causing injuries to his neck and/or about the eyes, which led to cardiac arrhythmia from which he died and her actions amounted to murder.
As part of the defence 's closing statements, solicitor Shane Tyrell said there was another hypothesis reasonably consistent with fatal cardiac arrhythmia and that was Mr Barrett's existing health conditions.
Mr Tyrell told the court Mr Barrett's heart was almost twice the size, or relatively large, and that Dr Sarah Parsons (who previously gave evidence) had said that could cause death.
Mr Tyrell said Mr Barrett was a "walking time bomb".
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