We could have a verdict as early as Tuesday in the trial of Gloria Nelligan. She's accused of killing her eight-year-old grandson. Nelligan did not take the stand in her own defense during the trial. Innae Park has the latest.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Closing arguments have been completed in the trial of Gloria Nelligan. The Schenectady woman is accused of beating her eight-year-old grandson Sha-hiim to death.
Nelligan did not take the stand in her own defense during the trial.
Monday morning, her lawyer argued that the charges Nelligan faces,second degree murder and first degree manslaughter, are too severe. He says, at most, this is a case of criminally negligent homicide and says the alleged beating that killed the child was only a means of discipline.
The prosecution, meanwhile, argued that Nelligan beat the child so severely, that it killed him.
Pictures of the child's body were shown during the closing arguments.
Nelligan waived her right to a jury trial and the judge is expected to rule on a verdict within the next few days