1 Apr 2015

Third day of deliberations for Lundy jury

3:57 pm on 1 April 2015

A verdict is expected shortly in the Mark Lundy murder trial, with the jury in its third day of deliberations.

Mark Lundy leaving the High Court as the jury deliberate the verdict.

Mark Lundy leaving court on Monday. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Mr Lundy, 56, is accused of murdering 38-year-old Christine Lundy and seven-year-old Amber Lundy. Their bodies were found in their Palmerston North home on 30 August 2000; the Crown claims Mr Lundy killed his wife for her insurance money and Amber because she saw what he was doing to her mother.

Justice Simon France on Monday summed up the prosecution and defence cases, before telling the jury "the case is in your hands".

The seven-man, five-woman jury retired at 1pm on Monday but returned to the courtroom to see film footage yesterday afternoon.

It then went back to deliberating before adjourning for the day at 4.25pm. The jury resumed deliberations at 10am today.

Outside the High Court, the prosecution and defence this morning began the big task of packing up all the files used in the case, with police seen loading their files into a van today.

The Crown loading up their files outside the High Court in Wellington.

Crown files loaded outside the High Court in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson