RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Update:
After several hours of deliberation, a jury reached a verdict in the Brian Duncan murder trial.
The jury found Duncan not guilty of the murder of Helen Wright.
The fate of 61-year old Brian Duncan is now in the hands of a jury.
A jury in Seventh Circuit Court in Rapid City was sent to deliberate the second degree murder trial late Wednesday morning.
Before that, closing arguments were made.
Pennington County Deputy State's Attorney Wayne Venhuizen says Duncan is guilty of murdering 60-year old Helen Wright in their Western Thrifty Inn motel room on Oct. 31 of 2015.
Venhuizen says the evidence shows that Wright was strangled to death and Duncan was the last one in the room, turning the air conditioner down to 61 degrees, the television on loud, and throwing away the key before hitchhiking to Sioux Falls.
Venhuizen says it's time to hold Duncan accountable and bring justice to Helen Wright.
But Duncan's attorney Conor Duffy claims the state's case is filled with side shows and distractions; showing no proof of guilt in this murder trial.
Duffy says Duncan was a good caretaker to Helen and the absence of motive proves his innocence.
He goes on to say that the evidence shows that Helen was very ill and died of natural causes.
Duffy says Helen was not strangled but instead had hemorrhaging in her neck.
We will of course keep you up to date when a verdict is in.