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October 26, 2011

Jurors begin deliberations

TRAVERSE CITY — Jurors in Robert Jensen Schwander’s murder trial began deliberations just after 3 p.m. today and will attempt to decide the Traverse City’s teen’s fate for killing Carly Lewis in June.

Thirteenth circuit court Judge Thomas G. Power said he’ll check with the jury today at 6 p.m. to determine whether they want to continue discussions or go home for the evening. If they choose the latter, they’ll return for more talks on Thursday.

Schwander, 18, admitted he killed Carly, 16, during an argument in a hut he used as a makeshift home. Prosecutors said he fatally stabbed Carly with scissors, while Schwander’s lawyer said he accidently strangled the girl.

Jurors may choose to convict him of first- or second-degree murder or manslaughter.

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