FREEHOLD, N.J. – Jurors are deliberating the case of a New Jersey man accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek, still strapped into her car seat.
The start of deliberations Wednesday comes a day after the defense rested without calling any witnesses.
Prosecutors in Monmouth County say Arthur Morgan III killed Tierra Morgan-Glover in a jealous rage in 2011 after the child's mother broke off their engagement.
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Coghlan says Morgan believed Tierra's mother's family wasn't raising her properly. He also says Morgan wasn't thinking clearly at the time Tierra died.
Morgan could face life in prison if convicted of "knowing and purposeful" murder. But if convicted of a lesser form of homicide, such as manslaughter, he could be freed in as little as five years.