DETROIT (WWJ) – Jurors have reached a verdict in the murder trial of a Detroit dad accused of beating his 2-year old daughter to death for wetting herself.
They were expected to announce the verdict at around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Just about two hours into deliberations on Thursday, jurors asked to see scripts of testimony taken from witness before D’Andre Lane, 32, was charged with first degree murder and child abuse in the death of Bianca Jones.
They also asked to see the stick prosecutors said was used to discipline the child.
Bianca went missing in December. Her body has never been found, but police said a cadaver dog detected evidence in a closet at Lane’s home.
Lane’s attorney told jurors that Bianca was abducted, but Wayne County prosecutors said Lane faked a carjacking in an elaborate story to cover up his child’s murder.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors painted Lane as an abusive father was obsessed with potty training his children. Prosecutors alleged Lane beat Bianca to death, covered her body with a blanket and put her in her car seat. They said he then drover Bianca’s siblings to school before dumping her body.
Friday was the second day of deliberations following a nearly month-long trial.