Highlights from the Jensen trial as the jury continues to deliberate


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Seven days, 21 witnesses and countless hours of testimony have led to this point. Heather Jensen's future now depends on the 12 jurors who are still deliberating.

This trial included shocking evidence and witnesses shared insight into what Jensen was thinking the night she put her two sons lives at risk.

Powerful opening statements laid out the path each side would be presenting and the story they wanted the jurors to hear.

"Hold her accountable for the fact that she created the situation that led up to Tyler and William losing their lives," Danielle Lewis, Deputy DA.

"Remind yourselves to distinguish between personal judgment of choices and parenting and criminal culpability," Elsa Archambault, Jensen's Defense Attorney.

The prosecution didn't waste any time and hit jurors hard the first day of witness testimonies by playing the 911 tape from that fateful night on Powderhorn Road.

They didn't let up, continuing to paint Jensen in a bad light. Witness after witness took the stand focusing on how she lied to authorities about that night's events. Even her closest friends at the time didn't get the truth from her.

"Throughout the days just more and more different scenarios kept coming out," Peter Stein-Gillette, Jensen's former friend.

"Her story changed it went from being out of the vehicle for 10 to 15 minutes to smoke a cigarette or two to the boys had never got out of the truck," Tressa Norburg-Marriott, Jensen's former friend.

"First I got told the boys never got out of the vehicle at all then i got told they got out for a few minutes to play in the snow," Sharon Romero, Jensen's former best friend.

Other witnesses including medical experts, law enforcement and first responders on the scene took the stand for the prosecution. The defense only called one witness to the stand who was an expert psychologist.

He testified that Jensen's IQ is lower than average and she's not able to deal with stressful situations or the consequences of her actions.

Once both sides rested their cases they had one last chance to convince the jury why they believe Jensen should be found guilty or not guilty.

"These little boys were trapped in that vehicle it was too hot their mother was inattentive to them and they were roasting to death," Rich Tuttle, Assistant District Attorney.

"Juries have incredible power over peoples lives and the verdict that you render in this case has to be one that you can sleep with at night," Thea Reiff, Jensen's Defense Attorney.

Jensen pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminally neglect homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death and one count of false reporting to authorities.

if she's found guilty on all charges she faces up to 24 years behind bars.

KKCO 11 News will continue to update you on the trial when the verdict is decided.


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