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Crime New York nanny's murder trial to wrap up with closing arguments

14:01  16 april  2018
14:01  16 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Nanny who killed two kids showed 'intent,' wasn't insane: expert

  Nanny who killed two kids showed 'intent,' wasn't insane: expert A prosecution expert defended his assertion that the Upper West Side nanny wasn’t legally insane when she fatally stabbed two children.Psychologist Ali Khadivi testified that Ortega exhibited “intent” — the legal standard required for sanity — in the bathroom of the Krim family home on W. 72nd St. after she killed 6-year-old Lulu and Leo, 2, on Oct. 25, 2012.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The murder trial of a New York nanny accused of stabbing to death two children in her care wraps up with closing arguments on Monday after a nearly two-month battle over her insanity defense.

Yoselyn Ortega during her trial last month. The jury heard closing arguments on Monday.CreditPool photo by Jefferson Siegel. A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A22 of the New York edition with the headline: Jurors Hear Closing Arguments in Case of Nanny Who Killed 2 Children.

a man standing in a room: Ortega, nanny accused of killing Lucia and Leo Krim, arrives for hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York © REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Ortega, nanny accused of killing Lucia and Leo Krim, arrives for hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York

The murder trial of a New York nanny accused of stabbing to death two children in her care wraps up with closing arguments on Monday after a nearly two-month battle over her insanity defense.

Mental health experts testifying on either side of the case have drawn two starkly different portrayals of Yoselyn Ortega, 55, who is on trial for the 2012 killing of Lucia Krim, 6, nicknamed Lulu, and her brother Leo, 2, at their New York luxury apartment.

Witnesses called by defense lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg told the jury at state Supreme Court in Manhattan that Ortega was mentally incapable of having an intent to kill and was too psychotic to understand her actions. The defense maintains that Ortega has long suffered from depression, psychotic thinking and hallucinations.

Lawyer: Reason for nanny's stabbing spree is in her 'delusional mind'

  Lawyer: Reason for nanny's stabbing spree is in her 'delusional mind' Only mental illness can explain Manhattan nanny Yoselyn Ortega’s frenzied stabbing spree that killed two young children."The reason for the defendant's actions lay within her delusional mind," lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg told a Manhattan Supreme Court jury.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny who stabbed to death two children in her care acted on "a thought-out plan" to murder them due to resentment of their mother, undercutting her insanity defense, a prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments on Monday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny who stabbed to death two children in her care acted on “a thought-out plan” to murder them due to resentment of their mother, undercutting her insanity defense, a prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments on Monday.

If she is found not guilty by reason of insanity, Ortega could spend the rest of her life in a psychiatric facility.

Assistant Manhattan District Attorneys Courtney Groves and Stuart Silberg argue Ortega stabbed the children because she was resentful of their mother, Marina Krim, and angry at being asked to work too hard. The prosecution contends Ortega should be found guilty of two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, punishable by a maximum sentence of life behind bars.

On Oct. 25, 2012, Krim returned to the family's apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side and found her children's bloody bodies in the bathtub and Ortega standing over them, plunging a knife into her own neck.

Krim said she returned home with the children's then 3-year-old sister, Nessie, after Ortega failed to appear with the other children at Lulu's dance lesson.

Ortega had recently brought her then 17-year-old son, Jesus Frias, 17, from the Dominican Republic and enrolled him in a private school so he did not have to repeat 11th grade, prosecutors said. She was overwhelmed by financial concerns and the cost of tuition.

(Writing by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Frank McGurty and Matthew Lewis)

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Jurors in New York City who convicted a nanny of murdering two children in her care say the trial took an emotional toll. Jurors in the murder trial of a nanny who stabbed two small children to death in the bathtub of their Manhattan apartment said the nearly two-month-long experience took an emotional toll they fear will linger long after their guilty verdict.

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