Jury Deliberation Begins In Accused Child Killer’s Trial

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Jury deliberation started on Wednesday morning (May 20) shortly before 11 a.m. in the trial of accused child killer Zachary Holly, officials say.

Holly is accused of raping and killing six-year-old Jersey Bridgeman in Bentonville on Nov. 20, 2012.

Closing arguments started around 10 a.m., according to officials.

On Tuesday (May 19), the 12-person jury heard from state Assistant Medical Examiner Frank Peretti, who testified the child died of strangulation after her pajama bottoms were wrapped around her neck three times and knotted on the right side.

“I knew as soon as she came into the lab what the cause of death was,” Peretti said, referring to the tightly wrapped pajamas around the child’s neck.

Peretti also told the jury Jersey Bridgeman had scratches on her neck indicating that she tried to claw the pajamas off, and she had scrapes on her knees indicating that she had been face down at some point during the attack. He said people going through strangulation undergo panic and maybe some pain before blacking out.

The prosecution rested their case at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

After closing arguments, the jury will deliberate, and depending on how long they take, a verdict could be reached sometime on Wednesday.