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Jury Will Continue Deliberation In Palmer Smith Trial

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The wait will continue for Palmer Smith. Jurors met with Judge Don Ash, and they've made the decision to head home for the day and continue deliberation on Friday.

The jury had already been deliberating in the case for three hours on Thursday.

Police said the 73-year-old Murfreesboro man made false reports about the disappearance of his wife two years ago.

Investigators said Smith has not been telling the truth about what happened to his wife Marcie in December 2007. The 69-year-old grandmother's SUV was found in the parking lot of a Rutherford County Wal-Mart store.

Smith faces two counts of tampering with evidence and six counts of filing false statements with police.

Thursday was filled with action, as both sides gave their closing arguments. Smith's attorney, John Norton, said his client had been completely honest with authorities, and cooperated with them in their search for his wife.

Surveillance video from a Wal-Mart parking lot shows someone driving Smith's SUV after she went missing. Prosecutors believe the driver was Palmer Smith. They said he then pulled a bicycle out of the trunk and rode away. Smith told authorities that was not him.

Matching clothing and a bicycle collected from his home, along with a witness who said she saw Smith driving the vehicle in the parking lot, caused Assistant District Attorney Trevor Lynch to believe Smith tampered with evidence and lied to police.

The jury will resume its deliberation Friday at 9:30 a.m.

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