Jury deliberating Kelli Jacobsen's fate

Jury deliberating Kelli Jacobsen's fate »Play Video
RICHLAND, Wash. - A community anxiously awaits the verdict in the manslaughter trial of a Richland nanny.

Will she be found guilty of killing little Ryder Morrison?

Or does the jury believe there's reasonable doubt Kelli Jacobsen could severely harm the little boy?

After nearly two years, countless court appearances and roughly a two week trial, Kelli Jacobsen's manslaughter case was sent to the jury.

But not before Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller took more than an hour to deliver his closing arguments. He focused on discrediting defense witnesses.

Pointing to how many times Jacobsen's story has changed and picking apart Facebook posts and text messages.

But it was one text message he wanted the jury to savor.
From Jacobsen to Ryder's mother.

Miller read the text, "Ryder hates my guts for sure, he wanted Amy and not me."

He wanted to prove Jacobsen was reckless in her treatment of the baby, that he was vulnerable. Ryder's behavior towards her was a tell-tale sign.

Miller again showed the toy Ryder that Kelli said Ryder fell off of causing massive injuries. Miller rolled the popper on the floor and demonstrated the hammer toy Ryder was playing with right before Kelli called 911.

The prosecution says there was no way Ryder suffered a fatal blow to the head hours before he was rushed to the ER. Something out of character for the nanny.

Miller said,"The defendant's not a bad person, she did something that day that she regrets as we speak."

Defense attorney Scott Johnson argued for the last time, Ryder's mother's may be at fault. He claimed her priorities had changed when she got a new boyfriend. She was no longer focused on her child and became careless with him. Sitting him on kitchen counters as a possible reason for the head trauma.

Certainly not the fault of his client.

Johnson said,"When you look at the pattern that starts between Ms. Johnson and Mr. Roberts there is red flag, after red flag, after red flag."

The defense argues Kelli Jacobsen had no motivation to cause such severe injuries to the one-year old.

Johnson continued, "You would have to believe that for no reason, whatsoever, Kelli took Ryder and inflicted these horrible wounds in the span of 15, 16, 17 minutes based on nothing."

Leaving a jury to decide whether Ryder's nanny killed him back in 2011.

Deliberations are still underway. Of course you're wondering what a potential sentence would be if Jacobsen is convicted.

The prosecutor declined to say and doesn't like to research sentences while a jury is out.