Defence lawyer Jeremy Mills and client Kaela Mehl stand outside the Victoria law courts on Blanshard Street. Closing arguments were slated to happen Tuesday in Mehl’s first-degree murder trial in the death of her young daughter, Charlotte Cunningham. Mehl has pleaded not guilty to the charge. Lauren Boothby/ VICTORIA NEWS

UPDATED: Jury to hear closing arguments Tuesday in Victoria

Defence, Crown appealed to jury one last time in Mehl case

The Crown and defence lawyers in the first-degree murder trial of Victoria woman Kaela Mehl have one final opportunity to address the court Tuesday.

The jury returns this morning at 9:30 a.m. to hear the prosecutor and defence lawyers’ final arguments before being sequestered. They are tasked with determining whether Mehl, 34, deliberately and intentionally caused the death of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte Cunningham on Sept. 16, 2015. Mehl, who has admitted to killing Charlotte by feeding her sleeping pills mixed in yogurt and smothering her, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Lawyers on both sides took Friday to address legal issues in the jury’s absence, but that process was not completed by Monday when the jury returned. They were dismissed until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

More to come.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

Read Victoria News’ coverage of the Kaela Mehl murder trial

Oct. 4: Kaela Mehl guilty of first degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Oct. 4: First degree murder conviction requires killing be planned and deliberate

Oct. 3: Jury must determine degree of planning in killing of toddler

Sept 28: Crown challenges psychiatrist as defence wraps in Mehl murder case

Sept: 27: Drafted suicide note revealed Mehl’s mental state: psychiatrist

Sept: 26: Victoria woman hired P.I. during custody battle

Sept. 21: Victoria woman had a mental disorder when she killed daughter: psychiatrist

Sept. 19: First responders describe gruesome Victoria crime scene to jury

Sept. 16: Mehl murder trial: “She was a good mother”

Sept. 14: Emotional day in Kaela Mehl trial as defendant’s suicide email read aloud

Sept. 13: Saanich police cautioned couple night before toddler was found dead

Sept. 12: Victoria mom charged with toddler’s murder weeps listening to recording of daughter crying

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