BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) – The attorneys in the Sheila LaBarre insanity trial have given their closing arguments, and the jury will begin deliberations Thursday morning.

Judge Tina Nadeau reminded the jury the defense has the burden of proof in an insanity case and must convince them LaBarre was insane at the time if they are to find her not guilty.

LaBarre has admitted killing boyfriends Michael Deloge and Kenneth Countie.

Unlike other criminal cases in which a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, LaBarre is assumed to be sane and must prove she is not.

New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jim Boffetti told the jury in closing arguments that it’s the state’s position the defense has not made a clear and convincing case that LaBarre is insane.

AP-ES-06-18-08 1850EDT


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