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Jurors deliberate in trial of man accused of killing 5

June 30, 2021 GMT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday will resumed deliberations in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and her family in 2015.

Christopher Henderson is accused of killing Kristen Smallwood Henderson, her mother and two children. Jurors met briefly Tuesday and resumed talk on Wednesday.

Kristin Smallwood Henderson was nine months pregnant with Henderson’s child at the time of the killings. Her 8-year-old son, Clayton Chambers, her mother, Jean Smallwood, and her 1-year-old nephew, Eli Sokolowski, were also killed. The Huntsville-area house was engulfed in flames with the victims’ bodies inside when authorities arrived.

Christopher Henderson’s first wife, Rhonda Carlson, testified last week that he planned and orchestrated the killings. Carlson took a plea deal to avoid a possible death sentence.

Defense lawyers have said Carlson was to blame for the murders.