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Jury deliberating verdict in 2007 cold case murder

Posted at 10:13 AM, Nov 06, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The jury is now deliberating the fate of a woman accused of a 2007 murder.

Robin Root could be convicted of 1st degree premeditated murder, 2nd degree murder or manslaughter in the killing of Janna Kelly in December of 2007. Or she could be found not guilty.

The prosecution and defense called their last witnesses Thursday and Friday morning started with each side presenting their closing arguments.  The prosecution talked about how Root put the duct tape over Kelly's mouth, which ended up suffocating her, and left her in the trunk of her car.  They talked about how Root also went back to the body, which was dumped in Ottawa County, and set it on fire to try and cover her tracks.

After showing the court the confession video of Root to Ottawa County detectives Thursday, the prosecution argued today that it is clear that "Kelly died at the hands of Robin Root."

The defense opened their closing arguments saying there is no proof of premeditation on Root's part in the crime.  They argue that nothing in Root's past that would lead to her being a murderer.

We'll have the verdict live when it is decided and more on FOX 17 News at 4:00pm.