Jury deciding fate of woman charged with dismembering her husband


Springfield - The jury is deliberating the fate of a woman charged with murdering and dismembering her husband.

Juatasha Denton-McCaster is accused of dismembering her husband, Norm McCaster,22. She is charged with three counts of first degree murder and dismembering a human body. Juatasha declined to take the stand during the murder trial.

The public defender told the jury there was no way to prove that McCaster is responsible for cutting off her husbands head, hands, and feet.

A pathologist who performed the autopsy testified, he said he could not determine the exact cause of death, because the only evidence he had was a torso. A Wal-mart receipt was found near the body, showing a saw had been purchased from the store.

In the court room on Friday prosecutors called up the sheriff's department who searched the house of both Juatasha and Norman McCaster. Several pieces of evidence were taken, including a list on a piece of paper that said "register gun and bleach walls" on it.

They also found loose tiles in the bathroom and pulled up the floor. A chemical tested positive in reaction to blood. But, the defense disagreed. They say the test is not definitive.

After calling three witnesses to the stand on Tuesday to testify about Juatasha character, the prosecution and defense rested.  Two witnesses told the jury that she was a peaceful person and were not aware of any marital problems.

Norman McCasters dismembered body was found dumped in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29th, 2012.  If convicted Juatasha Denton-McCaster could face more than 60 years in prison.

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