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Carmela Dela Rosa knew right from wrong, psychologist says in trial

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At the conclusion of closing remarks, Carmela Dela Rosa's defense lawyer Dawn Butorac called on the jury to find her client not guilty by reason of insanity.

Carmela de la Rosa faces life in prison if convicted.

Butorac insisted that Dela Rosa, who has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, did not understand what she was doing last November when she tossed her granddaugher over a sky walk railing.

Prosecutor Ray Morrogh stated near the end of his remarks that, "none of those problems rose to the level of insanity."

He added that, "...mental illness...does not excuse crime...because life is precious...and i can't think of anything more precious that that little girl."

He said Dela Rosa is a "...spiteful woman who did a spiteful thing and i ask you to find her guilty."

At 6:30 p.m., the jury returned to the courtroom after about 30 minutes of deliberations and decided to recess until 9 a.m. Thursday.

The judge told jury members that if they don't reach a verdict Thursday they can continue to deliberate on Friday.

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