Blog: Jury charged; decides to deliberate Wednesday morning in Christopher Henderson murder trial


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The defense rested Tuesday morning, electing not to call any witnesses in the Christopher Henderson murder trial.

Closing arguments concluded just after 1 p.m., and Judge Chris Comer gave the jury a break until 2:15 p.m.

When jurors returned, Comer began charging the jury, stating issues in the case, clarifying unclear legal terms, and instructing jurors on the standard of proof they will be giving a verdict on. The process took almost 2 hours.

The jury met for deliberations for a short time before deciding to begin deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Henderson is charged with killing five people, including two children and his pregnant wife in August 2015, before setting the family’s New Market house on fire.

After three full days of testimony from a forensic scientist, a retired Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator, and Rhonda Carlson, Christopher Henderson’s first wife, the prosecution rested Monday afternoon.

Carlson is an alleged accomplice in the murder.

The first day of testimony focused on the toll prosecutors said Henderson inflicted on the Smallwood family in New Market in August 2015.

The jury heard from a deputy whose body camera video showed the family’s house on fire, a medical examiner began to outline the injuries suffered by the victims, and home security video placed Henderson, wearing black gloves, at the scene the day of the killings.

Warning: The link below contains graphic details.

The second day of testimony in the Christopher Henderson murder trial featured autopsy reports, a look at cell data and testimony from Henderson’s first wife.

The defense cross examined Carlson for the first time Friday.

You can follow Tuesday’s proceedings below. App users, tap here to access the live blog.

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