KAKE | Wichita, Kansas | News, Weather, & Sports

Deliberations To Resume In Day Care Fire Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

November 20

A second day of deliberations awaited a Houston jury deciding the sentence of a Texas woman convicted of murder after a 2011 fire at her home day care killed four children.

Jurors in the punishment phase of Jessica Tata's trial were to resume working Tuesday. They deliberated for 5 1/2 hours Monday.

Tata is facing up to life in prison. She was convicted last week of felony murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo, who along with six other kids was left alone while Tata went shopping.

During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors asked jurors for a life sentence, while defense attorneys asked for a sentence that isn't excessive.

Defense attorneys say Tata is a good person who made a terrible mistake. Prosecutors say she was an irresponsible day care owner.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 180132781 - kake.com/a?a=180132781