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Sara Lynn Krueger and Ryan Scott Warner, the couple accused of murdering Krueger’s 3-year-old daughter, Kayleigh Slusher, in 2014, will be back in Napa County Superior Court on Monday as the trial heads into its fourth week of testimony.

Kayleigh was found dead by police in her mother’s east Napa apartment on Feb. 1, 2014. She had 41 visible injuries as well as several internal injuries, according to testimony. Kayleigh died from complications of mesenteric contusion and small intestinal hematoma caused by fatal child abuse and neglect. Her death was listed as a homicide. 

Krueger and Warner were arrested the next day at BART's El Cerrito del Norte Station. 

Both defendants are being tried at the same time in the same courtroom; however, their cases are being heard by separate juries.

What we saw last week

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Krueger’s attorney, Jim McEntee, started calling witnesses for the defense last week. His first witness was Krueger herself who recounted many instances of abuse by men, including two rapes and a molestation.

A therapist who interviewed Krueger while she was in jail also took the stand to say that, in her opinion, Krueger was a victim of intimate partner battering. She said that she diagnosed Krueger with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

What to expect this week

McEntee is expected to call his final witnesses on Monday.

Judge Francisca P. Tisher told jurors last week that she is expecting to be able to give them their jury instructions this Friday. The trial, which was scheduled to last until the first week of June, seems to be moving ahead of schedule, she said.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.