A jury Thursday weighed whether a young high school teacher used her sexual hold over a student to get him and two buddies to murder her husband.
In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutor Paul Maggiotto said Pamela Smart got her "hook so deep into the hormones" of the teenager that he did her bidding.Defense attorney Paul Twomey countered by placing full blame on the student, William Flynn, who has admitted killing Gregory Smart in May.
The jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday. Deliberations resumed Thursday.
Smart, 23, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and being an accomplice in the slaying. She could receive life in prison without parole.
During the trial, Flynn, 17, recounted a tale of seduction by the older woman. He said he lost his virginity to Smart at age 15 while watching a video of the steamy Mickey Rourke-Kim Basinger film "9 1/2 Weeks."
Flynn said she later threatened to break off their relationship unless he killed her husband. The teenager said Smart wanted her husband dead because she feared losing their condominium and other belongings in a divorce.
Smart, however, testified she knew nothing of the plot and had already ended the affair. She blamed Flynn's anger over their breakup for the killing.
Secretly recorded tapes played during trial appeared to show that Smart knew about the murder plot, but she testified she was lying to conceal her affair with Flynn and to try to solve her 24-year-old husband's killing.
Flynn and two friends, Vance Lattime, 18, and Patrick Randall, 17, pleaded guilty to shooting Smart's husband at his home.
Smart, a media instructor, had met the teenagers at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, where she oversaw video projects.
Sixteen-year-old Cecelia Pierce, Smart's student intern, wore a concealed tape recorder for police in July and talked with the teacher about the case.