Jury deliberates fate of teen accused of murder

- 12 jurors will decide the fate of Victoria Rios.  They deliberated for hours on Wednesday night, before deciding to go home for the evening.  Jury deliberations resume Thursday morning at 8:30.

19 year old Victoria Rios is accused of murdering Eric Roopnarin, with the help of 3 other men.

Today State Attorney Jeff Ashton started his closing arguments, displaying the weapon used to kill Eric. "One, two, two and a half and then a shot ran out from this firearm, ran through his head, near his nose, exited the back of his head to a chair and into the wall."

Konrad Schafer, David Damus and Juan Murial have already been convicted in the case. Ashton blames Rios for getting them into Roopnarin’s house. Ms Rios opened the door to allow them in with their weapons. He says Rios lured Roopnarin, with the promise of sex for money. "She set him up, she set the victim up and got them in the house under false pretenses and she by her own admission opened the door to get them in the house."

But defense attorney Michael Nichola says Rios never wanted Roopnarin killed. And that there’s no evidence of her finger prints or DNA at the scene. "There’s no testimony that she asked Konrad asking will you help me take money from Eric. There’s no testimony that she asked Konrad, will you please kill this guy. Never, never is there any testimony to suggest it."

During the trial, Ashton played a taped confession of Rios talking to investigators. But her attorney says, it was forced confession made after a grueling 8 hour questioning. "This was coerced confession, she would have said anything just to end it."

Ashton says, "No matter how much she may have regret that today it doesn’t matter."

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