Closing Arguments Heard in Taft Murder Trial

By Kelly McCarthy

August 27, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 1:16 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Both sides present closing arguments in the murder trial of Veronica Taft.

Taft is charged with killing her two year old son, Lyric, in Binghamton in 2010.

Jury deliberations are set to start tomorrow morning.

Veronica Taft is accused of killing her 2-year-old son Lyric Taft.

Seven witnesses took the stand Monday, including Taft's mother, Hope Taft, and Taft's ex-boyfriend and babysitter Charles Pratt.

Pratt took the stand for the second time to establish that he put food out for Taft's children the night of Lyric's death... but he did not see Lyric that night.

After the prosecution rested, Hope Taft took the witness stand for the defense.

Hope gives an emotional recollection of what happened after her grandson was found dead on December 30, 2010.

At one point she had custody of three of her daughter's children, including Lyric.

Other witnesses to testify for the defense are a child protection investigator and a child protection caseworker...

Also, a retired detective sergeant for the Binghamton Police Department as well as an old friend of Taft's.

During closing arguments the defense says over the course of this trial there was a lot of testimony and a lot of talk.

It says the jury should not consider it all as proof Veronica killed her son.

The defense claims Jesse Noel is not telling the truth in his testimony that Taft confessed to him.

The Prosecution's closing arguments included a PowerPoint presentation and pieces of evidence and interrogation video that was used earlier in court.

It's main arguments are that Taft was the last to see Lyric alive, her story kept changing during interrogation, and past history with child protective services and that evidence proves her guilt.

Charges:
-One Count, Murder, Second Degree.
-One Count, Manslaughter, First Degree.
-Five Counts, Endangering the Welfare of a Child.