CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After hours of deliberation, the jury for the Michael Colucci trial couldn’t reach a verdict. They were sent home after deliberating the case Thursday afternoon.
Colucci is accused of murdering his wife 38-year-old Sara Moore-Colucci in 2015. The couple owned a well-known jewelry store in Summerville. Her body was found outside a building on North Main Street and reports suggested she was strangled.
The defense and prosecution gave their closing arguments reiterating issues that were discussed throughout the trial.
Both the prosecution and the defense brought up what happened the night of Sara’s death.
According to testimonies and reports, Michael and Sara were together in the couple’s car when they stopped at the warehouse on North Main Street.
Medical tests showed Sara had alcohol in her system when the incident happened, and the defense says it could have been a suicide or an accident. The prosecution has been trying to prove her death was no accident, and say no evidence proves it was a suicide.
Instead, they told the jury to look at the evidence they do have.
“It’s about the defendant’s actions and the trauma to her neck," said state attorney Megan Burchstead."Malice does not require pre-meditation. It can be formed in an instant.”
The trial has been going on for about two weeks.
If convicted Colucci could face a minimum of 30 years in prison or up to a life sentence.