Jury to begin deliberations in Plano murder case




Posted on August 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 7:25 PM

McKINNEY — Testimony wrapped up late Wednesday in the trial of the man accused in the deadly beating of Plano Pilates instructor Susan Loper.

A Collin County jury will start deliberating the fate of defendant Terrance Black on Thursday morning.

On the same day Black's lawyers started their defense, they ended it, setting the stage for closing arguments and jury selection.

Collin County prosecutors wrapped up their case against Black on Wednesday morning.

Black's lawyers focused on Jayson Hayes, who was Loper's boyfriend when she died. They contend police should have taken a closer look at Hayes, but instead focused on their client.

Two of Hayes' ex-wives and his former mother-in-law testified that Hayes is a liar. A private investigator refuted Hayes' alibi that he was in Burleson the morning of Loper's death, claiming he could have been in Burleson and Plano the same morning.

Prosecutors said that wasn't possible in an 84-minute time span.

A forensic pathologist hired by the defense testified the murder weapon was likely a metal wrench, and not Black's gun.

Closing arguments will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Once the deliberations start, the jury will be sequestered.

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