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Jury Deliberations Underway in Nanny Manslaughter Trial

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- After nearly two weeks of testimony, the case of a Richland nanny accused of manslaughter is now in the hands of the jury.

Kelli Jacobsen is accused of causing injuries to 1-year-old Ryder Morrison that led to his death only one day after his first birthday in June 2011.

The State points to when a Kadlec Regional Medical Center nurse overheard Jacobsen talking to herself outside of the emergency room where doctors tried to save Ryder's life.

She testified that Jacobsen said "I can't believe I did this."

"Ryder was abused and Ryder was killed as a result of a reckless act," says Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller.  "It is your job to listen to all of the evidence and let Ryder's injuries speak for themselves."

Defense attorneys say the state has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Jacobsen is guilty of aggravated manslaughter.

"If you have one reasonable doubt in this case that Kelli did not commit what the state has charged her with, then the law says you must find her not guilty," says Defense Attorney Scott Johnson.  "You don't need two doubts, you don't need 50 doubts."

The jurors must unanimously agree on a verdict.

Jury deliberations will continue tomorrow.

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