February 8, 2007
Attorneys made their closing arguments late Thursday afternoon in the Anthony Dale Crawford murder trial.
Crawford is accused of abducting, raping and shooting his estranged wife and then dumping her body in a Charlottesville motel room in November 2004.
Jurors began deliberating the case just before 6:00PM Thursday night.
Prosecutors said Crawford abducted Sarah Crawford in Manassas. They said he threw her cell phone and a box with work files out of the car and drove to Charlottesville.
Prosecutors believe Sarah was shot in the car some where between Manassas and Charlottesville. They said she either died or was paralyzed by the time Crawford left her body at the Quality Inn.
Defense attorneys said Sarah went with her husband willingly and may have planned to reconcile.
They said Sarah was shot when Crawford was trying to kill himself. They said Crawford was holding a gun to his chest and Sarah tried to pull it away and was accidentally killed.
A jury now must reach a verdict in this case. They have to sift through testimony from over 30 witnesses and review over 100 pieces of evidence in the case.
If convicted, Crawford could face up to life in prison.