Closing arguments continue in former FSU student’s double-murder trial

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Closing arguments began Friday in the trial of a former Florida State University student accused of killing her mother and stepfather.

The jurors began deliberation Friday evening and went into the early hours of Saturday.

Nicole Nachtman stands accused of killing Myriam Dienes and Robert Dienes in Carrollwood back in 2015.

“It is not disputed that Nicole Nachtman has a mental illness,” Hillsborough Assistant State Attorney Courtney Derry said. “But her mental illness did not justify the execution-style murders of Robert and Myriam Dienes.”

“What the state has refused to acknowledge this entire trial is that Nicole Nachtman was not a normal college student,” Defense Attorney Dana Herce-Fulgueira argued. “You must consider everything Nicole Nachtman endured as a child.”

The trial for 24-year-old Nachtman began July 22 with jury selection. Opening statements and testimony started a few days later.

Throughout the two-week trial, the jury heard from first responders, a neighbor who testified about what he heard the night of the alleged murders and a former college roommate who described a rocky relationship between Nachtman and her mother. A cousin also explained the mother-daughter relationship, saying it wasn’t rosy.

Nachtman’s own brother took the stand earlier this week, testifying that his sister admitted to killing their mother and stepfather. Joseph Carey took questions for about two hours.

Defense attorneys claim Nahctman spent years dealing with a demanding mom who bullied her and told the jury the 24-year-old has been troubled for most of her life.

A witness for the state, Dr. Emily Lazarou, told the jury Nachtman knew very well what she was doing.

The defense rested its case in the trial on Thursday.

The state is not seeking the death penalty in this case, so Nachtman could face life in prison.

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