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Jury deliberations to start in toddler slaying trial

Tuesday - 10/4/2011, 6:21am  ET

WASHINGTON - Jury deliberations start Wednesday in the trial of a grandmother accused of killing her 2-year-old granddaughter at Tyson's Corner Center.

Defense lawyers called their final witness to the stand on Tuesday, a psychologist who testified 50-year-old Carmella dela Rosa could not distinguish between right and wrong when she threw her granddaughter off a six-story skywalk on Nov. 29.

The witness, Dr. Michael Hendricks, said dela Rosa could not understand the consequences of her actions at the time.

The defense is pursuing an insanity plea.

Prosecutor's say dela Rosa killed her granddaughter, Angelyn, out of lingering hatred for her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock.

Dela Rosa spent much of the one-week trial staring straight ahead, rarely turning towards the witness or the jury.

Dela Rosa could get life in prison if convicted.

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