GOLDEN, Colo. — Jurors are deciding the fate of a man being re-tried for killing his wife in western Colorado.

They began deliberations Monday in Golden after five weeks of testimony in which prosecutors argued that Michael Blagg killed Jennifer Blagg as she slept and put her body in a dumpster at work in 2001. In closing arguments, prosecutor Trish Mahre said numerous blood smudges and stains were found in the family’s minivan.

The defense argued that a child predator targeting the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Abby, killed Jennifer Blagg. Abby disappeared and is still missing.

Defense attorney Tina Fang told jurors that Abby wasn’t found because Michael Blagg is innocent. She said the blood could have been tracked in the van by an investigator who left his DNA on a drop of blood in the home.

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