Jury to resume deliberations Friday morning in Angela Pollina murder trial
The jury will resume deliberations in the murder trial of Angela Pollina on Friday morning.
Pollina is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Thomas Valva, the son of her ex-fiancée.
The jury started deliberating just before 4 p.m. Thursday and sent two notes. They asked for a written definition of the charges and Dr. Michael Caplan's testimony in regard to hypothermia.
Prosecutors say that Pollina ordered the 8-year-old to live in a freezing garage, which led to his death.
Prosecutor Kerriann Kelly told the jury while pointing at the defendant, "She didn't care one iota about that child. Not one bit."
During closing arguments, the prosecution went on to say that Pollina had little regard for Thomas Valva and his brother Anthony Valva, saying she treated the family dog better.
They also say that when Thomas Valva was dying on Jan. 17, 2020, she even tried to hide evidence and make up stories.
Pollina's defense attorney, Matthew Tuohy, says it was Thomas Valva's father, Michael Valva, who is responsible for the boy's death.
"She didn't do it, Michael Valva did," Tuohy said.
Pollina took the stand in her own defense, admitting that she had been "evil" and banished the brothers to the basement.
Pollina faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty on the top charge of second-degree murder.