JEFFERSON COUNTY - The seven women and five men who will decide Michael Blagg's fate in his second murder trial have been deliberating for more than eight hours.
The now-55-year-old is accused in the 2001 murder of his wife of nearly 10 years, Jennifer Blagg. Prosecutors say sometime during the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2001, Michael Blagg shot the 34-year-old year in the face while she was sleeping, wrapped her body in a tent, loaded her into the family minivan and then threw her into the dumpster at his office, Ametek Dixson.
The couple's 6-year-old daughter Abby went missing that same day, and still hasn't been found.
Jennifer Blagg's decomposed body was unearthed from the Mesa County landfill on June 4, 2002. Her husband was arrested two days later, and found guilty in her murder in 2004. That conviction was overturned after a juror was caught lying on her questionnaire about being the victim of domestic violence.
The case is now being retried in Jefferson County due to its notoriety on the Western Slope. Deliberations have continued into Tuesday and so far, the jury has watched a three-minute video of a bulldozer at the landfill, the 911 call Michael Blagg made at 4:21 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2001 and some of the voicemails found on the couple's answering machine.
The defense claims a child predator abducted Abby Blagg and killed her mother, and that ever since, Michael Blagg has been the victim of a contaminated investigation and contaminated assumption that it's "always the husband."
Testimony in the trial took four weeks. Here is a timeline of Michael Blagg's second murder trial and 9NEWS' daily coverage:
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