Jurors deliberating the fate of a woman charged with murdering her Navy doctor-husband after learning he was having an affair deliberated for a third day Monday without reaching a verdict.
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Jennifer Trayers, 43, is accused of fatally stabbing Dr. Frederick Trayers on the morning of Dec. 4, 2010.
Prosecutors are seeking a first-degree murder conviction, while an attorney for the defendant urged jurors to find his client guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
The jury got the case late Wednesday afternoon and deliberated for a full day Thursday before taking Friday off. The panel discussed the case all day Monday behind closed doors, and will take Tuesday off before resuming deliberations on Wednesday.
In her closing argument, prosecutor Fiona Khalil said the defendant lied and presented a "false concoction" when she told the jury how she killed her 41-year-old spouse.
Frustrated that he wouldn't talk to her about his affair, Trayers testified that she went into the bedroom with a butcher knife and asked him how to kill herself.
Trayers said she and her husband struggled over a sharper military knife that he pulled out, and she stabbed him in the back of the neck.
She said her husband stood up and pulled the covers off the bed, then she blacked out and couldn't remember stabbing him 10 more times, including two lethal stab wounds to the chest.
Khalil said the evidence didn't support the defendant's story. The prosecutor said Trayers attacked her husband in bed after he had taken sleep medication.
Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong said his client attacked her husband while in a "total uncontrollable rage," three months after finding out he was having an affair with a younger woman he met on a hospital ship.
Trayers found herself on an "emotional roller coaster" because her husband told her he would never leave her but at the same time was telling his mistress that he loved her and wanted a divorce.
The defendant installed spyware on her husband's computer and intercepted hundreds of emails between him and his girlfriend, discussing how they want to get married and have children, Armstrong said.
Trayers faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.
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