Attorneys: Not enough evidence to convict mom accused of murder
Shakara Dickens, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.
(WMC-TV) - Shakara Dickens' facial expression barely changed during opening arguments in her continuing murder trial Tuesday.
Police never found the body, but a young mother is accused of murder in the disappearance of her daughter.
She is charged with first degree murder of her 11-month-old daughter, Lauryn Dickens, who went missing around Labor Day 2010.
Dickens reported her missing, but prosecutors say she told three different stories and refused to cooperate with police.
"Nobody ever found Lauryn...babies don't just disappear," said prosecutor Jennifer Nichols.
Investigators still have not found Lauryn Dickens or her body, but believe the circumstantial evidence against her mother is enough.
"You're going to have to use your common sense," Nichols said.
Defense Attorneys admit the jury likely won't be fond of Dickens or approve of her parenting skills - but her defense attorneys suggest that she is innocent.
"There is a distinction between common sense and emotion. There is a distinction between common sense and guessing," said defense attorney Murray Wells.
"There is an absence of a lot more than just Lauryn Dickens body. There is a complete absence of any blood. There is a complete absence of any DNA. There is a complete absence of any evidence," he said.