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Jury deliberates in first-degree murder trial of former N.L. athlete

Last Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 5:40 pm EDT

Anne Norris, 28, charged with first-degree murder, appears via video link from the Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, N.L., on Tues. May 24, 2016. The jury has begun deliberating at the murder trial of a former elite Newfoundland athlete charged with beating a man to death with a hammer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sue Bailey

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A jury wrapped up its deliberations for the day on Friday evening at the murder trial of a former elite Newfoundland athlete charged with beating a man to death with a hammer.

Anne Norris pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Marcel Reardon, but admitted to repeatedly hitting him in the head with a hammer early in the morning of May 9, 2016.

Her defence team has argued the 30-year-old former member of a provincial basketball team did it in the grips of a mental disorder and should be found not criminally responsible.

Crown prosecutor Iain Hollett says evidence presented at the trial shows she was not delusional and planned a deliberate killing.

The jury asked two questions Friday before retiring for the night, and will continue its deliberations Saturday.

It could find Norris not criminally responsible, or guilty of first- or second-degree murder or manslaughter.