HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The jury is out in the Rinehart incest case.
The defendant, Danial Rinehart, opted not to testify in his own defense against allegations of his incestuous relationship with a teenaged daughter.
His actions produced four babies, only one of which survived.
His attorney called no witnesses, and after closing arguments, the jury retired at 11:45 a.m.
The prosecution’s final witness, Teresa Carmichael, Cass County Sheriff’s Department detective, testified that a search of Rinehart’s jail cell eight months after his arrest turned up a letter he had written to his daughter.
“To my feonsay, I love you a hole bunch,” it began. In it, he made a reference to her having his baby.
Rinehart, 49, is charged with second-degree murder, statutory rape and two counts each of incest, child endangerment and abandonment of a corpse.
During closing arguments, Janeal Matheson,Rinehart’s attorney, challenged all the charges against her client.
She raised questions whether Ashley Rinehart, the alleged victim is even Rinehart’s biological daughter and about the circumstances of the death of the baby, Jack, from which stem the second-degree murder charges against Rinehart.
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