UPDATE: 7:11 p.m.: Full story added from previous update stating Delacruz found guilty of capital murder: After close to five hours of deliberation, the jury in the Isidro Delacruz capital murder trial returned a guilty verdict to the court on Thursday afternoon.
In the span of about an hour on the morning of September 2, 2014 — 5-year-old Naiya Villegas’ life was taken away.
And more than 3 years later a jury in the capital murder trial related to her death returned a guilty verdict for Isidro Delacruz–the defendant in the case.
Both Delacruz family members and Villegas family wished not to speak on camera. Those on Isidro’s side of the courtroom were visibly distraught while those there for Naiya Villegas said they were satisfied with the result.
Delacruz now awaits his sentencing, a phase of the trial which Judge Woodward says will begin next week.
District Attorney Allison Palmer declined to comment on the outcome of the case for that reason.
Defense attorneys for Delacruz would also decline to comment.
Just before jury deliberation began on Thursday, defense attorneys said they believed the state failed to prove Delacruz killed Naiya Villegas.
In the closing argument portion of the trial District Attorney Allison Palmer said so much of this was about the turbulent relationship between two grown adults.
She would go on to say “I’d like us to remember it was about the killing of Naiya Villegas because it can be easy to get caught up in the adult ugliness. But it’s that same adult ugliness that caused Naiya’s death.”
KLST/KSAN coverage of the Delacruz capital murder trial
UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: DELACRUZ FOUND GUILTY. More to come soon. Jury took just under 5 hours to deliberate and return the verdict.
Jury deliberations are now underway in day 9 of the Isidro Delacruz Capital Murder Trial.
Both the state and defense attorneys made their closing arguments this morning.
The State made a brief introduction to the courtroom, sharing pictures taken of Naiya before her death. The five year old girl was murdered in her home in September 2014.
They said they wanted to jury to remember this case about her killing, because it can be easy to get caught up in the “adult ugliness.”
The Defense began their closing statements, stressing that the jurors need beyond a reasonable doubt that Delacruz committed this murder.
The State made a rebuttal, and mentioned that audio taken of the grandmother, where she said she could hear Naiya screaming while she and her daughter–Tanya–were outside the house.
The jury will deliberate this afternoon.