Jurors Resume Deliberations Friday in Zyriah Schlitter Murder Trial

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Jurors will resume deliberations 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Zyriah Schlitter murder trial.

The trial started more than two weeks ago and closing arguments wrapped up late Wednesday.

Schlitter, 25, of Cedar Rapids, charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment, is accused of killing his daughter Kamryn Schlitter March 28, 2010. According to testimony, Kamryn suffered a subdural hematoma on the left side of her head and severe bruising on her neck, chin, underarms and chest. She died of blunt force head trauma.

On Monday, Schlitter testified he didn't inflict fatal injuries to the daughter he "loved dearly."

Schlitter's ex-girlfriend, Amy Jo Parmer, 29, of Hiawatha, is also charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment. Her trial is set Jan. 14.

In the first week of testimony, Nicole King, Kamryn's mother, testified that she initially thought Parmer was to blame for abuse Kamryn suffered, but after seeing the injuries on her daughter in the hospital she said she knew Schlitter was responsible.

Medical experts testified last week that Kamryn would have never recovered from the severe head trauma that was caused by a shaking or slamming. Doctors also said the injuries likely occurred within hours or days of the 911 call Parmer made, saying Kamryn needed medical help.
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