DETROIT (WXYZ) - The 12 men and women deciding the fate of D'Andre Lane return to the jury room Friday morning after nearly five hours of deliberations on Thursday.
Lane is accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter, Bianca Jones.
Should Lane be found guilty of Felony Murder and First Degree Child Abuse the penalty is life in prison without the chance of parole. The decision would have to be unanimous by the jurors.
Bianca's mother, Banika Jones, has been sitting in court in support of Lane.
In his closing argument Wednesday, defense attorney Terry Johnson told the jury that Lane is not a killer but may be a "punk" for letting carjackers drive off with Bianca.
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Qiana Lillard fired back at Johnson's claim that Lane was just scared. Lillard told jurors that Lane killed Bianca.
In her rebuttal, Lillard told the jury, "A punk? Well that's not my word, that's the defense word. But if they want to use that word, let's use it. Yeah, he acted like a punk. He acted like a punk when he took this stick and beat that baby. That was the punk move. And then he beat that baby until she was lifeless and bleeding. And he wasn't man enough to face what he did. He took her.. he hid her.. he got rid of her and he threw her away like trash, instead of manning up and admitting what he did to that child. That was the punk move."
Lane insists that his daughter was taken during a carjacking last December. He told police that armed men took off with his daughter in his car.
Prosecutors believe Lane lost his temper when Bianca had a potty accident. They believe Lane killed her and disposed of her body somewhere.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors suggested Lane was obsessed with toilet training his children.
Prosecutors believe Bianca was dead that morning and alleged Lane covered Bianca's lifeless body up with a blanket and put her in her car seat when he took his then seven-year-old daughter and nephew to school.
After dropping the two children off, prosecutors and police believe Lane disposed of his daughter's body and then concocted a carjacking story to cover up the crime.
Lane and his defense attorney maintain that Bianca was alive when she was snatched by armed carjackers around 9:00 a.m. that morning.
Police located Lane's vehicle about six blocks away from the site of the reported carjacking. The engine was still running with the driver's side door open.
In their closing argument, prosecutors told the jury that Lane probably thought someone would steal the vehicle and that would help bolster what they say are his lies about what really happened to Bianca.
Bianca's car seat and blanket were found in the back seat, but Bianca has never been found.
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