Jury deliberations began just 8 hours before the verdict was handed down.
Bourne Huddleston took the stand just yesterday in his own defense. s been presenting in court; that his wife , Kristy Huddleston, killed herself in March 2012 because she was upset over a relationship Bourne was in with another woman.
Bourne claims he worried someone would blame him for Kristy’s death, so he tried to clean up the scene and got rid of the gun. He called himself a coward for leaving his son alone in the house with Kristy’s body.
The state medical examiner said the fatal wound was the result of a homicide, and prosecutor David Hoppe challenged Huddleston’s version of the events. He pointed out that Huddleston has changed his story repeatedly during the investigation, and that he initially told police he didn’t know what happened.
Both sides gave closing arguments Tuesday afternoon, with the prosecution laying out the inconsistencies in Huddleston’s story, and the defense arguing that not enough was done by investigators to see if the death was a suicide. The case was handed over to the jury at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. After a brief meeting with Judge Lorenzo Mejia, the jury said they will begin deliberations Wednesday at 9 a.m. The verdict was handed down just after 5 pm Wednesday.