Verdict reached in trial of woman accused of murdering 6-year-old son

A jury has reached a verdict in the case of 28-year-old Julissa Angelica Genrich Thaler, the woman accused of murdering her young son. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours after closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, prosecutors rested their case against Thaler, who is charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder and one count of intentional, non-premeditated second-degree murder in the death of her 6-year-old son, Eli Hart.

According to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Eric Chaloux, who is in the courtroom, the defense rested without calling any witnesses.

Closing arguments wrapped up around 2:20 p.m., and the jury reached a verdict just after 4 p.m.

As previously reported, opening statements began last Friday after a nearly week-long jury selection.

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Opening statements began on Friday, February 3.

A grand jury in Hennepin County indicted Thaler with one count of first-degree murder in January. Julissa Thaler was already charged with second-degree murder in the May 20 death of Eli Hart. The suburban Minneapolis mom was indicted on a first-degree murder charge.

Police officers found Thaler covered in blood during a traffic stop in May 2022. Afterward, officers found Hart’s body and a shotgun in the trunk of the car.

Medical examiners determined Hart had been shot as many as nine times.