Jurors deliberate in Medlyn murder case | TheUnion.com

Jurors deliberate in Medlyn murder case

Jurors withdrew into seclusion early this afternoon to decide whether to convict Steven Medlyn, of Penn Valley, who is accused of murdering Grass Valley resident Mary Spratt last year.

Prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in Nevada County Superior Court this morning.

It is not known when the jury would return with a verdict, but juries typically take at least a day to consider a case of this magnitude, said Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson, who prosecuted the case.

Spratt, 75, who was found murdered at her apartment in Grass Valley in May 2007. She knew Medlyn and shared her prescription pain-killers with him, according to witness testimony during the trial.

Police testified they found Spratt’s purse under his bed at his mother-in-law’s Penn Valley house, where he was living with his wife and their children.

Medlyn, 35, is accused of strangling Spratt in her apartment with her dog’s leash. The defense has argued Medlyn was asleep at his home the night of the killing.


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