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Closing Arguments begin for Raquel Barreras trial, mother accused of starving child to death

Closing arguments begin for Raquel Barreras trial
Posted at 4:20 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 21:23:31-04

TUCSON, Ariz.-- A Pima County jury is looking over the testimony and evidence in the trial of Raquel Barreras, the mother who is accused of starving her three-year-old son to death and then putting his body into a toy box.

Both prosecution and the defense finished their closing arguments in court Thursday, May 2.

Prosecution emphasized that Raquel allegedly starved her son and allowed no one to play, talk, or feed the boy. They also alleged that Raquel was the architect of Roman's torture chamber, these circumstances leading to his death.

Defense rebutted these claims and accused the prosecution of finding an easy target in the drug addicted mother living in poverty. Barreras's attorney said she did feed her son and that he might have had cancer a the time of these allegations, leading to his weight loss.

The juries verdict is expected soon. Roman's father, Martin Barreras is scheduled to go on trial in August for First Degree Murder.