Jury deliberations in City Heights stabbing

Jury deliberations will resume today in the trial of a man accused of beating and fatally stabbing a prostitute in her City Heights apartment, then dumping her body in a water-filled bathtub.
 
Frank Dwayne Shaw, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2012 death of 48-year-old Maureen Skeffington.
 
Skeffington -- a cocaine addict -- was killed sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight on Aug. 26, 2012, prosecutor Brian Erickson said in his opening statement. Her nose was broken and she was stabbed twice in the neck.
 
The prosecutor said police went to the victim's apartment on Aug. 28, 2012, after neighbors and friends said they hadn't seen her in a couple of days. Based on blood evidence in her room, police think Skeffington was killed on her bed, then dumped in the bathtub, Erickson said.
 
The prosecutor said Shaw's DNA was found on the bed, on a kitchen cabinet and on a bathtub handle.
 
According to court testimony, Shaw and Skeffington were in communication by phone the night of Aug. 26. 2012, when Shaw -- who had met the victim at a youth football game -- wanted to pay for sex with her.
 
Shaw proposed paying for a sex act with drugs, but Skeffington insisted that he pay cash, police said.
 
In October 2012, Shaw told police that he was in an alley next to Skeffington's apartment that night but got nervous and left after five minutes because he had methamphetamine on him and didn't want to get in trouble, according to the prosecutor.
 
Defense attorney Kara Oien said Shaw's DNA was in Skeffington's apartment because he had used her services in the past. Other men's DNA was found in the apartment, and Shaw was excluded in at least 40 DNA tests, the defense attorney said.
 
She also said Shaw had no motive to kill Skeffington.
 
Deliberations began Monday in the courtroom of Judge Leo Valentine Jr.

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