Scott: Mitchell told you he went to Diane's house after not finding Tory home but he can't even tell you Diane's last name. Nobody to verify that. Diane never came forward.
Scott: Collins identified Mitchell as person going through the cab but Mitchell didn't say there was a car going through the alley more than once. Mitchell only said he saw tail lights going out.
Scott: Defense spends a lot of time bringing up red herrings and conspiracy theories. Who's truth has corroborating evidence to back up theory.
Scott: None of the other witnesses in this case have a motive to kill Stickley, like Owens, Collins and Robinson. No physical evidence ties them to the scene. No DNA matched them.
Scott: Stickley was murdered between 9:44 and 10:01 p.m. Defense would have you believe some random person killed her, leaving the money for Mitchell to steal. That's a narrow window.
Scott: The other idea is that Stickley was doing something wrong - she was a drug user or dealer. There hasn't been any significant evidence of that. Her toxicology report came back clean. No criminal history. No drug arrest. Her daughter said she was homebound for five weeks. Her daughter said there was no evidence of drug abuse. They were "best friends."
Scott: Her friend Ricky Prescott said she didn't use drugs or sell them. You should find this offensive that her name has been drug threw the mud with this kind of allegation.
Scott: The only physical evidence belongs to Johnathan Mitchell. Force him to be accountable for his actions - for robbing and killing Stickley because he has a crack habit. It's "time for justice for her family, the people of Cedar Rapids and the great state of Iowa."
That's it for closings. The judge is reading the last remaining instructions.
They seem OK. They all looked stressed and have seemed upset at times. It's got to be horrible for them.
Judge Sosalla is randomly choosing three alternates who won't deliberate.
Judge is sending jurors out to start deliberations.
I will cover it live if it happens this week. You will have to check thegazette.com for updates. I'll come on at the end of today and let you know what's happening and I'll check in at 9 a.m. each morning to chat with you and for any updates.
I can't tell when the verdict will come in. I wish I could predict.
I will check in about 4 p.m., unless I hear something sooner. Thanks again for following throughout the trial.
Standby, waiting of verdict. Jury started deliberations at 1:15 p.m.
Well, no news yet. The jury asked to see the aerial view maps of the murder scene and neighborhood.
They will only deliberate until 4:30 p.m., that's when the courthouse closes.
The judge is sending them home for the day. See you at 9 a.m. Wednesday.