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Elizabeth Johnson verdict goes to jury

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Closing arguments occurred Tuesday in the Elizabeth Johnson trial. She's on trial for kidnapping and custodial interference.

Elizabeth Johnson's defense described her as unsophisticated and scared -- someone who wasn't a good mother or girlfriend. Defense attorney Marc Victor told the jury he couldn't make them like his client -- he admitted she was guilty of custodial interference but that she wasn't guilty of kidnapping.

Elizabeth Johnson broke down as the state delivered its closing statement.

"She talks, she's nice to Logan, she talks about open adoption, she talks about how their relationship is unhealthy and they should go on with their lives."

She sobbed when attorney Angela Andrews made reference to her relationship with baby Gabriel's father.

"She could have stayed there on December 19th, 2009 because the judge didn't tell her she couldn't. But by 8 in the morning on Sunday the 20th…" said Andrews.

Prosecutors spent over an hour going over a timeline with the jury. It started in May of 2009 when Gabriel was born, and ended with her arrest the following December.

"Page 5: 'you made me kill my baby boy.' Next page, page six, Logan says 'you did not hurt Gabriel.' Elizabeth says 'Yes I did. I suffocated him I covered him up with a towel, I suffocated him he turned blue, I put him in his diaper bag put him in a trash can,'" said defense attorney Marc Victor.

Victor went over conversations Johnson had with Logan McQueary in an effort to disprove she conspired with anyone or kidnapped baby Gabriel, telling the jury the young mother never showed any intent prior to Gabriel's disappearance.

"Can you conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Elizabeth Johnson had intent to put Logan McQueary in apprehension of an imminent physical injury?"

Defense attorney Marc Victor reminded the jury to ignore the "800-pound elephant" in the room -- meaning the whereabouts of 7-month-old Gabriel Johnson.

Johnson later admitted she gave him to a couple she met in San Antonio, Texas.

Closing arguments have concluded. The jury will start deliberations Wednesday.

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