Jury deliberations begin in road rage retrial

Jury deliberations begin in road rage retrial

Jury deliberations begin in road rage retrial

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 27 at 7:25 PM

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Jury deliberations started Friday in the retrial of a Hayden man charged with hitting and killing a woman during a road-rage confrontation.

Other media outlets report jurors will be asked to decide if 51-year-old Jonathan W. Ellington intentionally killed 41-year-old Vonette Larsen of Athol on New Year's Day 2006. He was previously convicted of second-degree murder, but the Supreme Court cited prosecutorial misconduct in ordering a new trial.

Witnesses say Ellington was involved in a road-rage confrontation with Larsen's daughters, who called 911 and their parents.

Testimony indicated the family cornered Ellington, who rammed the sisters' car then ran over their mother as she ran across the road.

Joel Larsen acknowledged shooting at Ellington's SUV before Vonette Larsen was run over.
  
The defense argued Larsen's death was an accident that happened during a chaotic situation.

A verdict is expected to come back early next week.

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