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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Marshall County jury is now deciding the fate of Jesse Phillips, who is on trial for capital murder.

Jurors got the case Monday afternoon.  Around 4 p.m. they sent in a question, to ask if they could read the text of the Brody Law.  The judge said no.

The defense rested its case Monday morning without calling a single witness.  Then, both sides presented closing arguments.

Jesse Phillips is accused of killing his wife, Erica Phillips in February 2009 at a Guntersville car wash.   She was eight weeks pregnant at the time.   

Under Alabama's Brody Law, Phillips is charged with the murders of both his wife and unborn child.

In opening arguments, the defense said it would show Phillips snapped on that day, and it was a result of how his wife treated him.

"Among the reasons he snapped is for most of his married life, and including this day, his wife constantly belittled him, berated him, and shamed him," attorney Bruce Gardner said in opening statements.

Gardner told the jury it does not excuse Phillips’ behavior, but it may help explain it.

WHNT News 19 is in the courtroom waiting for the jury's verdict.  Read previous coverage here.  Friday, the jury heard recordings of the defendant's confession.

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