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DAY SIX: Jury deliberates nine hours before recessing for night

PORTSMOUTH — The jury in the Kara Garvin murder trial deliberated for about nine hours Tuesday before adjourning for the night around 7 p.m. with no verdict so far.

The six-man, six-woman panel got the case before 10 a.m. after hearing 90 minutes of instructions from Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard H. Harcha III, who read to them the 44-page document.

Garvin, 30, of Franklin Furnace, could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Ed and Juanita Mollett and their daughter, Christina.

The three were shot to death Dec. 22, 2008, at their trailer on Snook Road in Franklin Furnace.

However, jurors could also consider three other penalties, if they decide that Garvin is guilty: Life without the possibility of parole; life without parole for 30 years; and life without parole for 25 years.

Garvin and her then boyfriend, Paul Balmer, had had numerous drug dealings with the Molletts, buying Oxycontin from the couple.

Balmer is currently serving a 17-year sentence for the attempted murder of another member of the Mollett family.

Balmer testified for the prosecution, whose theory is that the murders were a drug deal gone bad.

However, Garvin’s defense team claim that the murders were a hit from a Florida-based drug lord who wanted to take over the Oxycontin trade in the Scioto County area.

Both families waited throughout the day on opposite sides of the second floor of the Scioto County Courthouse, outside the hearing room where the five-day trial was conducted.

By 7 p.m. the jury was taken to a local hotel where they were sequestered for the night. Deliberations resumed this morning at 9 a.m.