Update: Jury returns verdict against man accused of killing his baby

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LAUREL CO., Ky. (WYMT) - Update May 16, 2018 9:00 p.m.

A Laurel County jury has recommended a prison sentence totalling 11 years for the man found guilty of killing his 7-week-old daughter.

The jury recommended Gary Nicely spend 11 months for criminal abuse and 10 years for manslaughter behind bars.

Nicely has already been in jail for about two years while awaiting trial for the murder of his daughter in 2016.

Update May 16, 2018 8:10 p.m.
A Laurel County jury found Gary Nicely guilty in the death of his 7-week-old daughter.

After three days of testimony, the jury found Gary NIcely guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter and 3rd degree criminal abuse.

The jury found his wife, Jessica Nicely, innocent on all charges.

The couple's baby died of a head wound in 2016.

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It is day three in the trial of Jessica and Gary Nicely.

In 2016, officers charged them with murder in relation to the death of their seven-week-old daughter, Mia.

Investigators said Mia died from trauma to her head.

Wednesday, Jessica testified in court. She claimed she left the house for about an hour to an hour and a half and came back to Mia not breathing. Then the couple took the baby to the hospital.

Tuesday, Gary testified in court and said he saw Jessica shaking the child and hitting her head.

Both Jessica and Gary's loved ones came to the courtroom to show their support and defend the opposing sides.

"I hope the jury finds Gary Nicely innocent because we all know he is innocent and we want him to have his freedom back," said Billie Bowling, family friend of Gary.

"I believe he is innocent," said Joshua Bowling, Gary's stepson from a previous relationship. "Because he raised me and my sister since I was one, and never raised a hand to me and treated me like a real father was supposed to."

"I would want people to know she's sweet, she's honest, she wouldn't hurt a flea," said Patricia Kreitzer, Jessica's mother. "She deserves to be with her children."

Jessica is also the mother of Mia's twin and two other daughters. Jessica's mother says her daughter cares deeply for her children and would never hurt them.

"She was at the hospital with Mia, the nurses came in to check on the baby and she actually asked the nurse if she had sanitized her hands," said Kreitzer. "I hope [the trial] is fair and just."

Both defense attorneys and the prosecuting attorney gave their closing arguments Wednesday afternoon. The jury is deliberating.

We will update this story with the verdict.



 
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