Infant death case in jury's hands

LAWRENCEVILLE — Deliberations began Friday afternoon in the murder trial of a Sugar Hill mother accused of killing her 3-month-old daughter in 2009.

Closing arguments wrapped around noon, and deliberations are expected to resume on Monday, as no verdict was reached.

During three days of testimony, jurors heard testimony that Erica Graham, 24, lied to police after finding her daughter, Aubrey, dead in a upstairs bedroom near a crib. Gwinnett’s medical examiner testified the child could have died from shaking or an impact to the head. Other injuries, including fractured ribs, showed signs of healing, suggesting the abuse had been ongoing, according to testimony.

Graham’s defense counsel contended that she only lied to authorities about key facts in the case to cover for her boyfriend and the child’s father, Mitchell Sigler, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Her attorney, Deborah Fluker, said Sigler often cared for the victim during the day and could have inflicted the injuries himself.

Graham was alone with the child when police responded to the home the night of Jan. 9, 2009. She faces life in prison on counts of murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, making false statements and child cruelty.